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Three Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships
Source: Tennessee Today
Three students have been awarded scholarships to travel abroad to study critical languages that are imperative to the United States’ future security and stability.

UA Student Earns Critical Language Scholarship to Study Chinese
Source: University of Alabama News
Erin Behland, a junior at The University of Alabama, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Dalian, China, during the summer of 2017.

U of A Student Receives U.S. Dept of State Critical Language Scholarship
Source: University of Arkansas
Jessica Garross, a undergraduate student from University of Arkansas has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu in Lucknow, India during the summer of 2017.

More Press Coverage

From Learning to Working Abroad

By Avan Antia (CLS Hindi 2015) They say that the more you learn, the less you know. In 2015, I participated in the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Hindi program in Jaipur. I joined the program to learn Hindi, but I soon discovered that CLS is far more than just an intensive language learning program. During my two months in Jaipur, I was constantly pushed outside of my comfort zone to interac...

Sustaining Language Engagement Two Years After CLS

By Owen Jollie (CLS Urdu 2014) Sometime in January last year, I was called to the podium of an American India Foundation (AIF) event to recite, impromptu, a few couplets of Urdu poetry. Not only the entire board of the foundation, but also the United States Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Verma, was present. Needless to say, I was excited for the opportunity. I shared with the audience a...

CLS Awardees Announced

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is happy to announce awardees for our 2017 summer institutes. CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable ...

Learning Urdu: The Foundation for My Work in Development

By Yasin Khan (CLS Urdu 2014) As a first generation American, I was intimately aware of Indian cultural practice growing up. Although I heard Urdu at home, my father was dedicated to the idea that I should speak English without an accent. He wanted to shield me from the hardship he faced as an immigrant. I felt the impact of my father’s decision when I first traveled to India in 2009 and was ...