Critical Language Scholarship Awards
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
A summer program offered through the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive study abroad program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program is designed to increase the number of Americans studying and mastering a foreign language through cultural enrichment experiences.
Current Languages Offered Through CLS
- Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
- Accepts: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
- Arabic, Persian, and Portuguese
- Accepts: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
- Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
- Accepts: Intermediate and advanced levels
See Critical Language Scholarship website for country and program specific requirements.
Undergraduate students must complete at least one academic year of study (two semesters or three quarters) by the beginning of the CLS Program.
Be at least 18 years old.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level at the time of your application.
Campus Review Process Required
- CLS Application Tips Video
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Selection Criteria
- If you require assistance or a reasonable accommodation to complete the CLS application, please contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-257-9922.
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