Critical Language Scholarship Programs

SCHOLARSHIP: Critical Language Scholarship Program


OVERVIEW: The CLS program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2017. Critical Language Scholarships (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 and graduate students. Levels available for each language are as follows:

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

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government interagency 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.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens;
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at either undergraduate or graduate level;
  • All candidates must have completed at least their first full academic year by the time of the program;
  • Students from any discipline are eligible to apply.

GRANT BENEFITS: All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including (as pertains to the intensive summer institutes):

  • Travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location;
  • Mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC;
  • Applicable visa fees;
  • Room & board;
  • Seven to ten weeks of group-based intensive language instruction;
  • Program-sponsored travel within country;
  • All entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enrichment activities.

*Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by scholarship.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2016 (Note: for up-to-date information, please consult CLS website)

Dr. Carlos Juarez, Chair,
Department of International Studies,
(808) 566-2493