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Information Sessions

We will hold online information sessions about the GSIT program each month.

Contact Yana Carver if you are interested in registering for one of the sessions via email:

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. For more information, visit the CLS Program.

Campus Jobs

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Community Language Initiative

The Community Languages Initiative (CLI) is a student-led organization affiliated with Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation (GSIT) within the Department of Communication (Department) at the University of Maryland. CLI was formed by the Department and students to respond to a real need within the community of charitable organizations for help with essential language services. To request language services, complete the Community Language Initiative Request for Services form.  

CLI Mission
CLI aims to improve language access in local communities in the State of Maryland and the Washington D.C. area by offering voluntary, pro bono interpreting and translation services of GSIT graduate students to non-profit organizations that cannot afford such services. Participating volunteers receive valuable learning opportunities that they complete on their own time and may incorporate into their academic program. GSIT and Department faculty and instructors supervise all projects.

Organizations that satisfy the following criteria are eligible to participate in the CLI:

  • Have non-profit 501(c) status or be in the process of obtaining such status
  • Provide a compelling case as to why they need to receive the service
  • Provide Form 990 or audited financial statements

On-site service areas are limited to Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Virginia.

Selected organizations may be required to cover the cost of interpreting equipment, transportation expenses, and other overhead costs.

Application Process
Applicants must submit an application form, proof of financial need, and a short narrative describing their need for free CLI services. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Selection criteria include geographical location (for providing on-site services), the availability of graduate students with the required language combination, the nature and frequency of the requested services, and the feasibility of completing the work within the requested period. Requests demonstrating an urgent humanitarian need or emergency situation receive higher priority.

Applications should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of a particular scheduled service need. Requests to perform large translation projects will require substantially more lead time. Applying organizations are normally notified of their eligibility and the feasibility of CLI to fulfill their request within three business days. Applications should be sent to Dr. Shawn Parry-Giles, Academic Director, GSIT, at

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