CLS Program News


Learning Urdu: The Foundation for My Work in Development

By Yasin Khan (CLS Urdu 2014) As a first generation American, I was intimately aware of Indian cultural practice growing up. Although I heard Urdu at home, my father was dedicated to the idea that I should speak English without an accent. He wanted to shield me from the hardship he faced as an immigrant. I felt the impact of my father’s decision when I first traveled to India in 2009 and was ...

The CLS team at American Councils showing off CLS's new visual identity.

CLS Introduces a New Logo and Visual Identity

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is pleased to announce the introduction of a new logo and visual identity for the CLS Program. Our new visual identity reflects the central role language plays in solving the global issues that face America today. CLS prepares U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to na...

Catherine Smith
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Catherine Smith is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Ibri, Oman. She is currently a junior at Ohio State University majoring in criminology and international studies with a concentration in security and intelligence and a minor in Arabic. Despite the difficulties of being a first-generation college student, she decided to give back to her community and make a difference by going into gov...

Ermida Koduah
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Ermida Koduah is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Tangier, Morocco. She is currently a senior at the University of Albany and will be graduating with degrees in political science and globalization studies. After she graduates, Ermida plans to either work for an NGO or join the Foreign Service. She also plans on pursuing a master’s degree in international development. Ermida was born in ...