The Critical Language Scholarship funds U.S. undergraduate and graduate students for intensive summer language instruction and cultural imemersion in 13 critical need foreign languages.
Critical Language Scholarship
- Master, Bachelor
- 26 May 2022
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.
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Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America's national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.
The CLS Program maintains a list of faculty members and administrators at colleges and universities nationwide who have volunteered to assist students with the CLS application process. If you do not have a designated CLS representative at your university, we recommend you contact your university’s study abroad, fellowship office, career services office, or writing center. Note that CLS applicants are not required to obtain support from their home institution to apply for the scholarship, but we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the resources available on your campus. Also be sure to watch the official informational video, which is designed to help you learn about the program and 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.