CLS Program News


Photoblog Project & Founding the Asian-American Student Initiative at William and Mary

By Max Nikoolkan (Jeonju, South Korea '11 and '12)My experiences with the Critical Language Scholarship Program have benefited me in more ways than enumeration can do justice, but most intimately with my work in Asian-American advocacy and community building.I participated in the CLS Korea program in 2011 and in 2012, both times in Jeonju, South Korea. I also served as the CLS 2012 Korean Alumni A...

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 Valley State University. I recently graduated and am now the newest internal communications speciali...

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 CLS Program?One of my favorite experiences in Bangladesh occurred when I went with another student and...

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 for him to work in the Higher Education Research Institute at Fudan University.“Without the level of Mandarin I...