The process begins in the sophomore year

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

Please note: the CISLA application process has changed from previous years. Beginning in fall 2020, applicants will be asked to provide an outline for a future research proposal (rather than a complete research proposal); an essay on a global challenge or issue of importance to them; and attend a 15-minute interview to discuss their motivation for applying to CISLA.

How to apply

The application process begins during a CISLA sophomore informational meeting held every September. At this meeting, interested students receive additional details about the application process and provide their email address. All interested applicants will be asked to complete an Intent to Apply Google form.

Next, each applicant is assigned a student adviser (a CISLA senior), who will help guide them through the application process and give feedback on their draft proposal.

The CISLA Proposal

The CISLA Proposal should include:

  • A motivation letter of approximately one page (250 words) explaining why the applicant would like to be a CISLA scholar
  • An essay of approximately two pages (500 words) describing a global challenge or issue that the student would like to learn more about in the CISLA program
  • A brief description (100 words) of a possible Senior Integrative Project, to be developed in IS 201 (the CISLA gateway course)
  • A list of four proposed supporting courses (see below)
  • A proposed internship to be completed between the junior and senior years, with an example or several examples (e.g., I would like to intern at an NGO in Senegal, such as __ or __)

Applicants are encouraged to consult with a faculty member and/or staff at the Roth Writing Center as they draft their proposal.

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 issues that students experienced during their internship and study away semester.

In addition to these two courses, four other supporting courses are required to bring additional disciplinary perspectives to the student's Senior Integrative Project, as well as to the CISLA country, culture, and language of study. 

In keeping with CISLA's mission to produce scholars with broad knowledge of global issues, the supporting courses should be taken outside of the student's major (although 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 pass/nonpass marking.

Acceptance into the CISLA program will be determined by a faculty committee that takes into consideration the applicant's GPA, two faculty recommendations, language proficiency level, motivation (as articulated in the motivation letter and interview), and the CISLA proposal.

Students will receive notification about their acceptance to CISLA before pre-registration for the spring semester.