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The Punjabi Language

The Punjab is a vast region stretching across Western India and Pakistan and is home to the Punjabi people. Punjabi and its dialects make up one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, totaling close to 80 million people in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lahore, and Islamabad – some of the largest and most important cities in the region.

With the growth of the Indian economy, Punjabi is a critically important language in many different professional sectors, including government and non-profit, education, science, and technology. Learning Punjabi will open your eyes to the rich people and culture of the Punjab, which includes a diverse array of sub-cultures and religions, including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jains.

Program Sites

Program sites will be announced in the spring.

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Adam Matvya
Punjabi 2017
Chandigarh, India
Morgan Burdick
Punjabi 2016
Chandigarh, India

Punjabi Stories

Announcing the 2020 CLS Application - Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.


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Posted September 12, 2019

Announcing Application Dates and Changes to the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is in the process of wrapping up another successful summer, and with it we are turning our attention to the fall application and recruitment season. We have a few important updates leading into the fall application season that we want to share with advisors and students as soon...

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Posted August 15, 2019

Adam Matvya

Adam Matvya is an alumnus of the 2017 CLS Punjabi program in Chandigarh, India. In 2018, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. He loves 19th Century Russian and American literature, as well as postcolonial and contemporary South Asian works....

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Posted July 23, 2018