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Benjamin Simington

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I wanted to study Hindi in order to deepen my understanding of Indian culture and history; studying a country's language allows for greater insight into the way the country is imagined and understood by its residents. What are your educational an…

Alumni Profile — March 23, 2015


Belle Cheves

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? Being able to work with Persian texts fluently is integral to my research.What are your educational and/or professional goals? Following the completion of my Masters at NYU I would like to pursue a PhD in History. (Achieved! Belle is starting he…

Alumni Profile — March 23, 2015


Andres Fernandez

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I always had a fascination for Russian culture and history, so I jumped at the first opportunity I had to learn the language at my university. I knew that learning this fascinating language would not only open doors for me in Russia, but througho…

Alumni Profile — March 23, 2015


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 international social work and…

Alumni Profile — 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 Arabic has…

Alumni Profile — 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 conference was an opport…

CLS Program News — 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 for improving he…

CLS Program News — 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 Jackie Cha…

CLS Program News — 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 Intensive Qingdao Progra…

CLS Program News — July 11, 2014