For students, understanding current world events is paramount for success in today’s global economy. Many faculty members have participated in grant-funded professional development workshops around the world, bringing back knowledge that is then integrated into several course areas. The College also offers study abroad opportunities for students each year, allowing them to study a foreign language, explore historical sites and experience another country and culture firsthand. The Center for International Understanding provides a structural framework upon which the College can further its achievements in promoting international understanding.
Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for International Understanding promotes knowledge and appreciation of a diverse and interdependent world. The Center encourages and supports the integration of international content into courses and curricula, as well as student and faculty experiential learning abroad. To foster student achievement and enrichment, the Center supports faculty development and research. Drawing upon rich resources within the College and among outside organizations, businesses and individuals, the Center initiates and sustains projects to benefit the entire College community and to serve local, national and international needs.
CLS Spark Scholarship
A fully funded program for virtual language study in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian
The U.S Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Spark Program is a pilot initiative providing virtual opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS Spark provides American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys, even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses. Selected participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese, or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad. The CLS Spark Program will be offered in academic year 2022 - 2023 with approximately 18 hours of virtual language instruction offered per month, as well as monthly cultural activities. Applications will open in April with a deadline of May 26, 2022.
- Full scholarship covers all instruction and a $300 stipend
- Online language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences over the course of two 11-week terms
- Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test
- Automatic consideration as CLS Program semifinalists for the summer overseas ✳ 2023 CLS Program to continue their language study
A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CLS Spark is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Instruction will be provided by faculty and staff at host institutions located abroad in countries where these languages are commonly spoken. With inclusive support provided by CLS Program staff, students will improve their command of all four modalities in these languages (listening, speaking, reading, writing), participate in cultural activities once a month, and make connections with members of the host country’s community and their peers across the U.S.
Apply at https://clscholarship.org/spark
Applications are due May 26
Contact prof. David Prejsnar for support at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also reach out to the CLS Scholarship at email@example.com
What better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by traveling abroad? The College offers several opportunities for students to experience a true study abroad experience.
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