Opportunities to consider – Critical Language Scholarships


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.

  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu:
    Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

Quick Links

Applicant Information – eligibility requirements, grant benefits, and language levels and pre-requisites

2011 CLS Institutes and Participants – overview of the 2011 CLS Institutes and list of participants

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Looking for a quick overview of the CLS Program? Watch the CLS Presentation!

Meet the 2011 CLS Alumni Ambassadors and read their individual profiles.

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