News and Stories

UD alumna Elana Metz receives award to study Arabic in Jordan

“I was really happy. I felt really lucky and excited to have this experience,” University of Delaware alumna Elana Metz said of the moment she learned she had received an esteemed Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to Jordan last summer.


CLS Fall Webinars

The CLS Program is happy to announce a range of webinars that seek to address questions applicants and university offices have about CLS and the application process. We will start off on September 23 at 3pm ET, with a Application Launch Webinar for a wide audience explaining the goals of the program, resources available to students and study abroad offices and explaining the...


CLS 2017 Application Launches!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergradua...


CLS Alumni Photo Contest

Attention new CLS alumni! We are pleased to announce the 2016 alumni photo contest. This contest is open to 2016 alumni of all CLS Program sites. Submissions will be accepted from September 12 to October 5. Submissions should fall under one of four categories: Participant Life Abroad: Experiencing the everyday life of your host culture through food, transportatio...


Critical language scholar aims for ‘world of opportunities’

UNM students Joseluis Ayala, Erin Bush, Matthew Chavez and Annie Edwards received the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Award this year—doubling the number of CLS awards received over last year. UNM’s Global Education Office (GEO) played a crucial role in guiding these students through the application process for the CLS scholarship.


Investigating Citizenship in the Middle East: Benjamin Smuin

Benjamin Smuin (CLS 2014 Turkish and CLS 2012 Arabic) received an Alumni Development Fund to attend the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC. Benjamin presented a paper entitled “Globalizing the Local: Speaking to the State and Acts of Citizenship in the Early Twentieth Century Middle East” which drew upon research conducted in Turkey immediately after his mos...


2016 Alumni Development Fund Application Opens!

As the CLS alumni community grows to over 5,000 members in its 10th anniversary year, we want to remain a resource for your language-related endeavors. To this end, the CLS Program is pleased to invite program alumni from all years to apply for an Alumni Development Fund (ADF) Grant. The ADF provides a limited number of small grants to CLS alumni to fund projects, events, and activities that prov...


Building Research on Environmental Science in Indonesia: Walker DePuy

Walker DePuy (CLS 2014 Indonesian)’s Ph.D. research is on environmental anthropology, with a particular focus on Indonesia. His Alumni Development Fund enabled him to attend and present preliminary dissertation research at the East-West Center’s 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region in Honolulu. His presentation at the conference was entitled “T...


Teaching Arabic in Utah: Christina Cannon

Christina Cannon (CLS 2014 Arabic) is an Arabic teacher at the high school level in Utah. The CLS Alumni Development Fund helped her attend the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio. At the conference, Christina was able to learn from fellow language teachers, including other Arabic instructors. She also presented a session “9...