Critical Language Scholarship Program | Participant Handbook
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Participant Handbook


Congratulations on receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship! As a recipient of this award, you will have the opportunity to live and study this summer in your host community. You will be able to improve your language skills, learn about local culture, make new friends, and become a more independent person with a broader perspective on the world.

This handbook has been compiled by American Councils staff to provide you with information that will help you make your overseas experience a success. It is designed to answer many of the questions you may have before departure, as well as questions you may have about the program while you are studying and living in your host community.

If you have a question that is not covered in the handbook, is of a personal nature, requires immediate attention, or cannot be resolved through online discussion, please contact your CLS Program Officer.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.