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You are not required to go through any office on your campus in order to apply to the CLS Program. However, we recommend you make use of resources available on your campus to strengthen your application.

Resources on your campus may include an academic advisor, the Scholarships Office, Fellowships Office, Merit Awards Office, Study Abroad Office, Honors Program, Career Office or International Programs Office. A campus writing center may also provide helpful feedback on your essays.

The following individuals on your campus are knowledgable about the CLS Program and can provide advice on the application process for you, and support through the process:

Jacqueline Ledermann
Assistant Director, Global Academic Programs
Samir Benantar
Adjunct Professor, LLC

The CLS Program provides resources to help you prepare a competitive application with or without the help of an advisor:


Previous Recipients

Year Name Language Site Institution
2021 Simone Hassan-Bey Korean Gwangju, Korea SUNY at Albany
2016 Ermida Koduah Arabic Tangier, Morocco SUNY at Albany
2015 Ryan Lott Chinese Beijing, China SUNY at Albany
2015 Benjamin Mielenz Turkish Ankara, Turkey SUNY at Albany
2014 France Le Japanese Himeji, Japan SUNY at Albany
2014 Matthew Weiss Russian Tbilisi, Georgia SUNY at Albany
2011 Cecelia Isaac Chinese Beijing, China SUNY at Albany
2010 Dare Ryan Russian Vladimir, Russia SUNY at Albany
2009 Chantal Pinard Hindi Jaipur, India SUNY at Albany
2009 Elizabeth Kane Russian Tomsk, Russia SUNY at Albany

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