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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)


The 2018 CLS application opened on September 18.
Deadline: November 15, 2017


A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 14 critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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.



Languages offered:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, 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

Program benefits:

  • 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

Please note that applicants are eligible to apply for one language only. If more than one application is submitted, the applicant will not be considered for a scholarship in any language.


Related Awards:
Boren Awards for International Study
Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Location:

  • Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, S. Korea, Tajikistan, Russia, Turkey

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel

Citizenship:

  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • 8-10 weeks

Deadline:

  • November 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate

Amount:

  • Travel expenses, room & board