What is the Critical Language Scholarship?
The application is currently closed. It will reopen in early October and be due on
November 15, 2022
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 15 State Department-identified critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Brazilian 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.