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October 21, 2016

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The application for the 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages is now open! The CLS is a fully funded language immersion program that occurs during the summer for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. This year the languages are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. If you would like to learn more about the program and application, please attend this information session. Please also note that there is no service requirement for this program.

Critical Language Scholarship Info Session
Wednesday, October 19th
3:45-4:45 pm
Mary Gates Hall 173R

About CLS: The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

The application is now live and available online at:

Applications will be due November 16,  2016