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News and Stories

Amanda Wolfenbarger

How did you find out about the CLS Program?
My alma mater, William and Mary, posted a link to the application on the Scholarship Facebook page.

Why did you want to study your CLS target language?
At the time I was beginning my search for opportunities to engage in...

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 23, 2015


Alexis Sammarco

Why did you want to study your CLS target language?
Before I started college, I had the option of studying Spanish or Arabic and I decided to challenge myself and try Arabic. I was immediately fascinated with the culture and beautiful sounds of the language. After three years, studying...

Alumni Profiles — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 23, 2015


Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference

By Ilene Gillispie (Chandigarh, India ’12 and ’13) and Soyna Kapoor (Chandigarh, India ’13)

We (Ilene Gillispie and Soyna Kapoor) received a CLS Alumni Development Fund award to attend the annual “Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference” at Stanford University in February.

The...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Translating Comics for Health Education

By Jason Parad (Wonju, Korea ’13)

As a participant in the 2013 CLS Program in South Korea, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jongwook Kim, one of the most esteemed physicians in Wonju City.

Dr. Kim was also my CLS host father, and during our time together, I learned about his vision...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Reading Louis Cha's "The Eagle Shooting Heroes"

By Benjamin Reitz (Qingdao, China ’13)

My first point of contact with Chinese culture was watching Bruce Lee use kung fu to crush the evil man with the metal claw in the Hong Kong/Hollywood mixer Enter the Dragon. I instantly became a big fan of Bruce Lee's movies and soon branched out to...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Studying and Bringing Arabic Opportunities to Others

By Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13)

Hi, everyone! My name is Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13), and I participated in the CLS 2013 University of Nizwa Arabic institute in Oman.

Prior to CLS, I studied international relations, the Middle East, and German language and literature at West...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Project Pengyou: Inaugural Leadership Summit

By Mack Lorden (Qingdao, China ’13)

Studying abroad in China changed my life.

My first time outside of the U.S., I went to a country with a culture so very different from my own that I had no idea what to expect. However, upon landing halfway around the world for OSU’s Summer...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Working as a Nurse: A CLS Alumni Profile

Audrey Ferguson (Dhaka, Bangladesh ’11 and ’12) is a staff nurse on the Intermediate Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. She studied nursing and global affairs at George Mason University prior to obtaining this position.

What did you learn about nursing while you...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Researching Chinese Higher Education: A CLS Alumni Profile

Austin Volz (Chengdu, China ’13) is living and working in Shanghai, China as a Visiting Scholar at Fudan University.

Austin designed his own research program on liberal arts education in China and received a Harvard University – Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship that opened the door...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014