News and Stories

Leona Amosah

Leona Aisha Amosah is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Russian program in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She was born in Tema, Ghana and moved to the United States when she was four years old. Leona recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in Russian language and culture and global studies. In the future, she hopes to use Russian in foreign policy research work ...


Caitlyn Carpio

Caitlyn Carpio is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Chinese Program in Suzhou, China. She is currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.A. in global studies (Asia and international politics) and minoring in Chinese. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a fellowship to further study or work in China so that she can gain a deeper global perspective and understanding ...


Maria Folvarska

Maria Folvarska is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Russian program in Vladimir, Russia. She is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in history and mathematical computer science and minoring in French and Russian. She moved to the United States from Slovakia with her family when she was two years old and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. When Maria is not studying or work...


Jacqualine Asuquo

Jacqualine Asuquo is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Chinese program in Tainan, Taiwan. She is currently at sophomore at the University of Maryland at College Park majoring in Chinese with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Jacqualine is grew up in Capitol Heights, Maryland and recently transferred to UMD, where she is a member of the university chorus, from Loyola University in Baltimore. In addition t...


Sabrina Hassan

Sabrina Hassan is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Swahili program in Arusha, Tanzania. She is currently a junior at Boston University majoring in international relations and African studies. Sabrina was born in Zanzibar to a Croatian mother and a Zanzibari father, and moved to the United States when she was one year old. Since then she has lived in various parts of the U.S. including Alaska, New Jersey,...


Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Ibri, Oman. She is currently a junior at Ohio State University majoring in criminology and international studies with a concentration in security and intelligence and a minor in Arabic. Despite the difficulties of being a first-generation college student, she decided to give back to her community and make a difference by going into gov...


Omar Albert

Omar Albert is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Chinese program in Changchun, China. He is currently a senior at the City University of New York, Hunter College majoring in economics and Chinese. He is active on his campus, serving on Hunter’s senate and the executive board of multiple clubs. Next year he will participate in the Overseas Chinese Flagship Program at Nanjing University. A native of Queens...


Isabelle McRae

Isabelle McRae is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Turkish program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is currently a junior at Portland State University majoring in international relations with a minor in Turkish. Isabelle grew up in a small town on a peninsula in Northwest Washington, where you know everyone in the grocery store. After spending her sophomore year of high school in Lisbon, Portugal, she spent as m...


2017 Summer Notifications

Thank you everyone for your patience during our application and selection process! We are happy to announce that final notifications have been sent for the 2017 Summer CLS Program. We are also excited to announce our hosting institutions for the 2017 programs, and especially proud to note that we are continuing our collaborations with the LanguageCountry, CityMore Information ArabicJordan, Amm...


Students in College launch magazine in Arabic

College students Nick Posegay and Elysa Bryen were looking for a chance to challenge their learning of Arabic and bring together other students looking to expand their understanding of the notoriously difficult language. So they launched their own publication at the University of Chicago written entirely in Arabic.