CLS Program News


Dervla McDonnell
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? Fulfillment of requirements for my secondary major in Japanese studies I originally became interested in Japanese because I hosted Japanese exchange students in middle and high school. This taught me that I was able to make valuable friendships across cultural and language barriers, and motivated me to study Japanese so that I could continu...

Caitlin Scholl
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? My research is focused on West African literature and film. When I first began studying Arabic, then, I was interested in it primarily as the classical written language of the Sahel—I wanted to be able to access the Timbuktu manuscripts, a vast archive of medieval and early modern texts written in Arabic (or, sometimes, in West African languages...

#SayYesToCLS

We are excited to announce a new group of CLS Program participants for summer 2015. Out of 5519 applicants, 550 were selected to study one of thirteen different languages at over twenty individuals sites overseas. As part of our annual selection process, we encouraged finalists to use the social media hashtag #SayYesToCLS to tell their friends and family about their summer plans, and our finalist...

Benjamin Simington
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

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 and/or professional goals? I desire to become a professor of medieval Indian history and an activist f...