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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Languages Offered

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi,Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels

Applications are due November 16, 2016,. For more information, visit the CLS website.


Categories: Funding Opportunities, November 2015, October 2015, October 2016
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