News and Stories

Madeline Ruid

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I originally became interested in Turkish after learning more about the country and language when watching the 2010 FIBA World Cup, which took place in Istanbul. I quickly became even more interested because of its rich history and geographic diversity. What are your educational and/or professional goals? I am currently applying to graduate...


Leah Berkebile

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? After taking a plethora of science classes, I wanted to diversify my course of study by taking classes in a language that I knew almost nothing about. After a semester of studying Arabic I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Dubai and completely fell in love with the Arab language and culture.What are your educational and/or professiona...


Kathy Kim

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? One of my academic focuses lies in the research and analysis of the conflict in the Koreas. In consideration of differing perspectives, I found it difficult to assess Korean sentiments by only reading news written in English by Western news media. Through my attempts toward fluency in Korean, I wanted to also reach a level of academic discussion...


Kate Wallner

How did you find out about the CLS Program? I heard about CLS from a former University of Wisconsin – Madison student. At the time we met I was studying in India, and the she had just finished her summer learning Hindi in Jaipur. She enthusiastically explained the CLS Program to me, and I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to continue learning language and living in India.Why did you wa...


Joshua Trinidad

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? My interest in Japanese language stems from a strong interest in all aspects of the traditional Japanese culture – architecture, music, clothing, martial arts, etc. What are your educational and/or professional goals? In Fall of 2015 I'll be pursuing a Master's in international relations with a concentration in Japanese studies. Afterwards, ...


Emily Goshey

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? As a student of Islamic studies, it is crucial that I develop high proficiency in Arabic and Persian, my languages of research. What are your educational and/or professional goals? I hope to become a professor of Islamic studies and broader religious studies. How do you plan to use your target language in the future? In pursuit of my PhD, I ...


Dervla McDonnell

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? Fulfillment of requirements for my secondary major in Japanese studies I originally became interested in Japanese because I hosted Japanese exchange students in middle and high school. This taught me that I was able to make valuable friendships across cultural and language barriers, and motivated me to study Japanese so that I could continu...


Caitlin Scholl

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? My research is focused on West African literature and film. When I first began studying Arabic, then, I was interested in it primarily as the classical written language of the Sahel—I wanted to be able to access the Timbuktu manuscripts, a vast archive of medieval and early modern texts written in Arabic (or, sometimes, in West African languages...


#SayYesToCLS

We are excited to announce a new group of CLS Program participants for summer 2015. Out of 5519 applicants, 550 were selected to study one of thirteen different languages at over twenty individuals sites overseas. As part of our annual selection process, we encouraged finalists to use the social media hashtag #SayYesToCLS to tell their friends and family about their summer plans, and our finalist...