CLS Program News


Announcing the 2016 CLS Application!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 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 undergraduate and gr...

Recorded: CLS Webinar for Fellowship and Study Abroad Advisors

On September 25, CLS Program Officer for Recruitment and Selection Bo Knutson hosted a webinar for fellowship and study abroad advisors around the country on how best to recruit and advise students when applying to the CLS Program. Bo was joined by LaNitra Berger and Kay Agoston of George Mason University, who shared their long experience of advising students for the program.The recorded sessi...

CLS Adds Swahili to Languages Offered in 2016

The CLS Program is happy to announce the addition of Swahili as a language offered by the CLS Program in 2016. The CLS Swahili Program will accept students at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.Swahili, often referred to as Kiswahili, is the national language of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the lingua franca for as man...

CLS Alumnus Takes 3rd Prize in Malay Speech Championship

Wyatt Gordon (Malang, Indonesia 2010) made history in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August of this year by becoming the first American to make it to the finals of the International Malay Language Speech Championship in the competition’s nine years. In front of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and millions of television viewers across Southeast Asia, Wyatt delivered a speech on finding his heritage ...