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Recorded: CLS Webinar for Fellowship and Study Abroad Advisors

On September 25, CLS Program Officer for Recruitment and Selection Bo Knutson hosted a webinar for fellowship and study abroad advisors around the country on how best to recruit and advise students when applying to the CLS Program. Bo was joined by LaNitra Berger and Kay Agoston of George Mason…

CLS Program News — October 02, 2015


CLS Adds Swahili to Languages Offered in 2016

The CLS Program is happy to announce the addition of Swahili as a language offered by the CLS Program in 2016. The CLS Swahili Program will accept students at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.Swahili, often referred to as Kiswahili, is the national language …

CLS Program News — September 28, 2015


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 mil…

CLS Program News — September 18, 2015


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 f…

CLS Program News — August 20, 2015


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 pro…

CLS Program News — August 12, 2015


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, th…

CLS Program News — July 30, 2015


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 Pa…

Alumni Profile — April 27, 2015


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 scien…

Alumni Profile — April 27, 2015


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 …

Alumni Profile — April 27, 2015