CLS Program News


CLS Fall Webinars

The CLS Program is happy to announce a range of webinars that seek to address questions applicants and university offices have about CLS and the application process. We will start off on September 23 at 3pm ET, with a Application Launch Webinar for a wide audience explaining the goals of the program, resources available to students and study abroad offices and explaining the...

CLS 2017 Application Launches!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergradua...

CLS Alumni Photo Contest

Attention new CLS alumni! We are pleased to announce the 2016 alumni photo contest. This contest is open to 2016 alumni of all CLS Program sites. Submissions will be accepted from September 12 to October 5. Submissions should fall under one of four categories: Participant Life Abroad: Experiencing the everyday life of your host culture through food, transportatio...

Investigating Citizenship in the Middle East: Benjamin Smuin

Benjamin Smuin (CLS 2014 Turkish and CLS 2012 Arabic) received an Alumni Development Fund to attend the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC. Benjamin presented a paper entitled “Globalizing the Local: Speaking to the State and Acts of Citizenship in the Early Twentieth Century Middle East” which drew upon research conducted in Turkey immediately after his mos...