Non-Competitive Eligibility for CLS alumni

Three cheers for State Department exchange alumni! Oh, Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE). A Critical Language Scholarship Program alumnus may have first encountered this term, like I did, during the CLS pre-departure orientation in DC. I remember a distinguished man representing the State Department on a panel all about the opportunities CLS and language-learning would afford us; … Continue reading Non-Competitive Eligibility for CLS alumni

Critical Language Scholarship Program – Applying

Arashiyama, Kyoto. I and my language partner rented kimono and explored this awesome World Heritage site together. I wanted to try in this post to demystify a somewhat nerve-wracking, inscrutable process: applying to the Critical Language Scholarship Program. If you've reached this post, you probably know that CLS offers summer-long immersive language programs in languages … Continue reading Critical Language Scholarship Program – Applying


A view from my hometown on the North Shore of O'ahu. The multicultural microcosm of Hawai'i was my first introduction to the value of cultures outside my own. In keeping this blog, I hope to offer some insight into the Foreign Service Officer application process (as I've been living it the past year), the Critical … Continue reading aloha!