What is the Critical Language Scholarship?
November 14, 2023 at 8:00 PM
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The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a U.S. Department of State sponsored program that enables students to have an intensive language and cultural immersion experience abroad during eight to ten weeks in the summer.
Participants study one of 13 State Department-identified critical languages: Azerbaijani, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese. Many of these languages require no previous experience, but information on the language competency levels and language study prerequisites is available on the CLS programmatic page. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.