The Critical Language Scholarship Program

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China

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Russia

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South Korea

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India

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Tajikistan

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Turkey

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India

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Indonesia

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. 

The CLS 2015 Application Has Closed.

Letters of recommendation are due Friday, November 14 by 5:00 P.M.

About the Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Languages Offered

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. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, 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.

Institute Locations

From the Participants

  • I felt the meetings with my tutor were very useful. I got a unique insight into the life of a native Russian and was able to connect with her on a personal level. She also taught me a lot about how to speak and sound like a Russian outside of the "official" atmosphere of class.

    – 2012 Participant