Joyenda yabenda ast
 -Dari Proverb

Literal translation : a seeker a founder is

This proverb means that a seeker is a finder. If you are determined to do something and you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed.


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The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL) at Norwich University was established in 2013 as part of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). Located in Northfield, VT and Alexandria, VA, the ISCL's mission is to promote research in language and culture and development of learning programs for improving culture and language knowledge and skills in support of international security. 

The world represents a very dynamic and uncertain landscape that is comprised of many different culture groups and governments different in language spoken, worldviews and beliefs held and ways of communicating.  These groups often reside in risk-filled countries and regions where just culture and linguistic awareness of culture groups is insufficient for comprehending the meaning of behavior and facilitating successful cross-cultural relationships and partnerships.  These relations are critical for security missions, diplomacy, humanitarian and disaster relief, law enforcement, and industry.   More than occasionally, US or other government organizations, non-profits, and private industry can be found supporting similar operations. 

ISCL rapidly responds to organizations fueled by the need to respond or operate in the 21st century international landscape by providing applied research and support for online and blended learning, as well as creative technological solutions in culture and language learning education and training. 

 The ISCL features a cadre of acknowledged research fellows who are experts in culture and language research and learning development with exceptional experience.  They are leaders supporting innovative and cutting edge efforts in a variety of organizations including Department of Defense and other United States Government organizations. 

Examples of this ongoing work feature ISCL’s innovation while being true to contemporary theory, and in some cases revising theory.

  • Extended learning development and delivery for an innovative language and culture program for the Center for Language and Culture at Joint Base Lewis/McChord
  • Research grant from Joint Special Operations University on re-envisioning their language and culture program
  • Development of language, culture and cross-cultural competence assessment to promote a more useful measure of cross-cultural capability
  • A Summer 2015 Aperture Languaculture Course featuring immersive language and culture instruction in West African French and Culture based on the ongoing response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak
  • Active schedule of lectures/presentation/speaking to a variety of organizations on research, development and application of language and culture.
  • The development of a transnational law enforcement program and publication of an Annual Review that considers language and culture as key enablers for mission success.

A unique Annual Fellows program involving year-long fellowships to junior scholars to promote contribution to the language and culture field ISCL also publishes the Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS), the clarion journal that considers the synergy of language and culture as a means to understand and promote international security.

For more context or information on ISCL, JCLIS or any of its efforts, please contact

Dr. Robert R. Greene Sands, Director, ISCL

Dr. Aimee Vieira, Deputy Director, ISCL