Prior to departure, CLS students participated in orientations where they acquired strategies for successful language learning, information about their host countries, and guidance on how to apply their critical language skills into their career plans. At the pre-departure orientation on June 7, held by American Councils, Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, delivered the keynote address. Ms. Stock commented on the unmatched advantage that speaking a foreign language offers and expressed her gratitude to the scholars for devoting their time to studying Chinese and Turkish.
This year’s 630 participants were chosen from more than 5,200 applicants through a merit-based selection process. The students come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and are currently enrolled in a wide range of U.S. public and private universities, including minority-serving institutions and community colleges.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by American Councils for International Education and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the CLS Program aims to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering thirteen critical languages, including, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish.
Click here to watch the video of the CLS pre-departure orientation with Ann Stock.
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