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CLS Alumnus Takes 3rd Prize in Malay Speech Championship

Wyatt Gordon (Malang, Indonesia 2010) made history in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August of this year by becoming the first American to make it to the finals of the International Malay Language Speech Championship in the competition’s nine years. In front of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and millions of television viewers across Southeast Asia, Wyatt delivered a speech on finding his heritage ...


Announcing the 10th Anniversary CLS Alumni Photo Contest

Attention, CLS alumni! With the 10th anniversary of the CLS program coming up, we are pleased to announce an anniversary alumni photo contest. This contest is open to all CLS program alumni so that we can capture the program in photographs from its inception in 2006. Submissions will be accepted from August 20th to September 25th. Submissions should fall under one of four categories: Particip...


Announcing the 2015 CLS Alumni Development Fund

The 2015 CLS Alumni Development Fund application is now available and we invite you all to apply. For the first time ever, the ADF is open to all CLS alumni. Former ADF recipients are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to alumni who have not received an ADF grant before. The ADF provides a limited number of small grants to CLS alumni to fund a project/event/activity that provides r...


CLS Participant Featured by Mobility International

In an article for Mobility International’s AWAY journal on students with disabilities studying abroad, CLS alumna Esha Mehta (2012) shared her experience studying Hindi in Jaipur, Rajasthan for eight weeks. After disclosing her blindness to CLS staff after her acceptance of the scholarship, the CLS program was able to arrange living and learning accommodations, including converting Hindi lea...


Zala Ahmadzaa

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I am deeply fascinated with the Urdu language. I find it diverse, challenging and beautiful. What are your educational and/or professional goals? I hope to attain a graduate degree in International Affairs and pursue a career dealing with Pakistani security development and women's rights. How do you plan to use your target language in th...


Zabe Shafi

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? When I first went to Turkey in 2007 with my family, I fell in love with the country and really was drawn to the "East meets West" culture. Then, after starting undergraduate as a Physiology major, I wanted to take some classes that were not science related. I happened to take a class on the Ottoman Empire, and absolutely loved it. I added Middle...


Ryan Mandado

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? In the summer of 2010, I taught English in a rural Chinese city in Hunan. I did not know a single word of Mandarin but the friendships that I made developed my love for the Mandarin language. What are your educational and/or professional goals? I plan to be an educator for low-income communities in the State of Hawaii. How do you plan to ...


Rebecca Mueller

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? My graduate work is focused geographically on Southeast Europe (Albania and the countries of the Former Yugoslavia). I chose to study Turkish language because Turkish civilization is a major historical influence in this region, and contemporary Turkey is growing in importance as an economic and political role model to countries like Albania and ...


Mariam Waqar

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? As a STEM Education major, I wanted to study Indonesian because I'm interested in teaching in South-asia after I graduate. Currently, I am a Fulbright Applicant for Indonesia. I would like to use the inquiry-based teaching methodologies I've learned during my time in Undergraduate, to introduce a new type of teaching to the East. What are yo...