CLS Program News


​CLS Alumni Ambassador Application

Are you interested in sharing your experiences while working to support and promote the CLS Program? The application to become a 2017 CLS Alumni Ambassador is now open! CLS Alumni Ambassadors take leadership roles as active representatives of the CLS Program and of the U.S. Department of State. CLS Alumni Ambassadors are expected to engage with all CLS alumni and to represent the program to var...

How to Write an Effective CLS Application

We want every applicant to the CLS program to be as successful as possible! For that reason, we've put together some of the best information we have about what goes into making a successful application. These tips will help you write focused, effective essays that speak to the selection criteria for the CLS Program.We recommend this video for every student applying to the CLS Program, as well as a...

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...