California Language Student of The Year Award

By CLTA & CIEE

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Every student brings something special to the classroom, and every year, some students stand out. Whether it is an enthusiastic beginner flying through levels, a heritage speaker sharing family traditions with classmates, or a hard-working student consistently growing semester after semester, language learners move us! 

Today, California World Language Teachers‘ Association members can nominate one student to be honored at the 2023 CLTA conference. The winning student will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to study abroad this summer with CIEE in one of 30 amazing global destinations! Two runners-up will also be awarded $2,500 scholarships.  

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to recognize a deserving student and celebrate the return to international travel and global education! 

Every nomination counts! All nominees will be automatically offered a $200 travel grant to apply to any CIEE Global Navigator Summer Abroad program and can be considered for a standard Global Navigator scholarship too. Everybody’s a winner! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CLTA-CIEE California Language Student of the Year Award?

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Since 2018, CLTA partners with CIEE every year to celebrate California’s most deserving world language students, who are eager to bring their language skills to the real world through study abroad. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to study abroad next summer with CIEE and be honored at the 2023 CLTA conference. Two runners-up will also be awarded $2,500 summer abroad scholarships. Past winners have already traveled to France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, and Morocco!

Who is CIEE?

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Founded in 1947, CIEE is the U.S. largest nonprofit study abroad organization. Every year, close to 40,000 students study abroad on a CIEE program, in over 30 locations worldwide. CIEE also administrates the CIEE Global Navigator Scholarship Program, the largest of its kind, awarding more than $5.4 million to over 1,200 U.S. high school students every year. Learn more

Who can nominate students?

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To nominate a student, participating world language teachers need to be currently teaching high school students in the state of California and be a CLTA member in good standing. If you’re not a member or need to renew your membership, click here! The yearly CLTA membership only costs $25 and gives you access to the best professional network you could find in the state. And now, it includes an automatic $200 CIEE study abroad grant for a student of your choice, providing you nominate them to be California Language Student of the Year! 

Whom can I nominate?

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You can nominate any of your world language students, past or present, as long as they are in 9th, 10th or 11th grade during the 2022-2023 school year. They also need to be excited about studying abroad and eager to see the world! Talk to the student you have in mind before nominating them to make sure they are on board and available to travel next summer. Once nominated, it’ll be the student’s responsibility to complete a CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad application.

How many students can I nominate?

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You can only nominate one student by December 5, 2022. Several students in your school can be nominated, but each should need to be nominated by a different teacher, who is also a CLTA member. It may be a tough choice, but you have to pick the best one! And don’t forget, any other student in your school can also apply for a standard Global Navigator scholarship. The award nomination process is about recognizing and honoring an outstanding student. 

How do I nominate a student?

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For a nomination to be valid, you’ll need to fill out the nomination form below by December 5, and your nominee will need to complete a CIEE Global Navigator scholarship application by January 18.  

The most important thing for you to do now is to think about the student you’d like to nominate and have a conversation with him/her/them to make sure he/she/they are excited to be nominated and ready to travel abroad next summer if he/she/they win! Ready to nominate? Great! Simply fill out the form below and CIEE be in touch with you to help explain their programs and give you access to your personal CIEE teacher portal, where you’ll be able to provide a recommendation for your student and track his/her/their application progress.  

What programs can nominees apply to?

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Nominees can apply to any 2023 CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad Language & Culture program. The language of the program does not need to be the same one you taught them. We want to foster a love of language learning! 


Nominations Start Here

Ready to nominate a student? Complete this form by December 5, 2022!
CIEE will get in touch with you for a short overview of our summer abroad programs and to grant you access to your personal teacher portal, where you’ll be able to share a recommendation for your student and track his/her/their progress.

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What People Are Saying

  • “I praise Dakota of being the perfect candidate for the scholarship.  I am able to sense and see the change in her perspective, insight and cultural awareness after she came back from her trip. Not only did she grow linguistically and culturally but she keeps adding to the classroom knowledge and cultural awareness. Today, Dakota is the ambassador of both her culture abroad and in her own community.” 

    Touria El Oudiyi, Arabic Teacher, Alexander Hamilton High school, Los Angeles