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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

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 Michigan's Grand…

CLS Program News — 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 were on the C…

CLS Program News — March 21, 2014