CLS Bangla বাংলা

The Bangla Language

Spoken from the densely populated nation of Bangladesh to the bustling streets of the Kolkata metropolis in the Indian state of West Bengal, Bangla is the seventh most spoken language in the entire world. As the economies of South Asia continue to grow and the region's strategic and commercial importance grows, demand for languages like Bangla continue to increase in international businesses, universities and research institutions, non-profit and development organizations, and the US government.

Bangla has a rich and diverse history, boasting a literary tradition that produced India's national poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Business majors looking to break into exciting developing economies, scientists who want to work with Bangladesh and India's leading researchers and educational institutions, anthropologists and ethnomusicologists studying the fascinating cultures of the region, and just about anyone from any field can add a unique dynamic to their career pursuits with this important and widely spoken Indic language.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Kerry Burgott
Bangla 2017
Kolkata, India
Paige Giarmona
Bangla 2016
Kolkata, India
Liz Thomas
Bangla 2013
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangla Stories

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... Read more

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 ... Read more

Working as a Nurse: A CLS Alumni Profile

Audrey Ferguson (Dhaka, Bangladesh ’11 and ’12) is a staff nurse on the Intermediate Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. She studied nursing and global affairs at George Mason University prior to obtaining this position.What di... Read more