The process begins in the sophomore year

See the CISLA Handbook 2020 (pdf) for detailed information on the various components of the CISLA program, including the application process. 

When to apply

The process is competitive. The application process is open to sophomores only. Students must apply to CISLA during the first semester (fall) of the sophomore year.

How to apply

The application process begins during the CISLA sophomore informational meeting held every September. At this meeting, interested students submit their background information and provide their contact email address.

Next, each applicant is assigned a senior CISLA adviser and also must consult a faculty member and/or the Roth Writing Center to work on a final CISLA proposal.

Acceptance into the CISLA program will be determined by a faculty committee and based upon review of the student's GPA, oral proficiency level, faculty recommendations, and the CISLA proposal.

Students are selected and accepted into CISLA before preregistration in the fall.

The CISLA Proposal

The CISLA Proposal must include:

  1. A brief essay explaining why the applicant would like to be part of CISLA
  2. A description of the proposed Senior Integrative Project
  3. A list of four proposed supporting courses (see below)
  4. A proposed "ideal" internship example(s)

View a few examples of successful CISLA proposals.

Guidance on coursework

CISLA scholars must complete a gateway course, Perspectives on Modern Global Society, as well as the CISLA Senior Seminar, which is designed to provide a forum to discuss the provocative issues that students experienced in their work and study abroad.

In addition to these, four other supporting courses are required. These courses are determined individually and should be chosen with the goal of acquiring knowledge related to the student's Senior Integrative Project and/or to the culture, society or geographical area on which the project is focused.

In keeping with CISLA's mission to produce scholars with broad and substantive knowledge of the world, the supporting courses must be taken outside of the student's major (though they may be used to fulfill requirements for a minor or double major), and no more than one course may be at the 100 level or graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory.