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Critical Language Scholarships Now Available

October 25, 2017

Applications are now beeing accepted for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.  CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

 

Summer 2018 Deadline

November 15, 2017

 

Program Overview

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, through the US Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

 

Program Benefits 

The CLS Program covers most of the costs of participating in its overseas institutes, including:

  • International and domestic travel between the student's U.S. home city, Washington, D.C., and the CLS Program site

  • Related costs for a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

  • Visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program-sponsored travel within the host country

  • All entrance fees for program activities

 

Languages Offered

Offered at all levels

  • Azerbaijani

  • Bangla

  • Hindi

  • Indonesian

  • Korean

  • Punjabi

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

  • Urdu

 

Requires at least one academic year of prior target language study or the equivalent

  • Arabic

  • Persian

 

Requires at least two academic years of prior target language study or the equivalent

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

 

Students can apply online at the CLS website.

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