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Rhys Leahy

Rhys Leahy’s journey with Russian and Persian languages started when she participated in the NSLI for Youth Russian Program in high school for a year. While engaging fully in the culture, she became proficient in the language. The program site, Kazan, Russia is a historically Turkic and Muslim...

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Jessica Klink on June 08, 2020


Ezra Baker

“Language learning will always be a part of my life. I am so grateful for the doors that the CLS Program has opened for me .”

Ezra Baker studied Economics and French at Ohio State University, and wanted to broaden his horizons to learn a more challenging and less commonly taught language....

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Jessica Klink on June 01, 2020


Announcing the CLS Virtual Institutes for Summer 2020

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is pleased to announce CLS Virtual Institutes in six critical languages in summer 2020 for a limited number of participants. CLS Virtual Institutes will provide remote language instruction and cultural learning in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean,...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on May 29, 2020


Emily Cramer

“I cannot overstate the value of the CLS Program. It changed my life and what I have been able to do as a student and as a professional. I’m so excited for the waves that the CLS Program will continue to make in my life and the way CLS will continue to change the lives of American...

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Jessica Klink on May 25, 2020


Williams once again earns Academic All-Big 12

2016 DeForest graduate and senior rower at Oklahoma University is one of four Oklahoma students that were awarded the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Critical Language Scholarship for the summer of 2020.

CLS In the Press — Shared from DeForest Times-Tribune on May 21, 2020


Leona Amosah

Leona Amosah is a heritage speaker of Russian and went on to study the language and Russian literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Russian literature classes enabled them to connect more deeply with the history and culture of Russia, and helped prepare Leona for their...

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Jessica Klink on May 18, 2020