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Critical Language Scholarship Program

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. 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.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website at

Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, described at

If you are taking Arabic or Chinese now and will take level 2 next semester you will qualify to apply for scholarship.

Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish or Urdu - Beginning, intermediate or advanced level - No Prior Language Needed.

GPA must be 3.0 or higher Program will begin approximately June 1 - August 1.
Students will receive a stipend.

Scholarship Benefits
  • International travel to and from the student’s U.S. home city and program location
  • Domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for pre-departure orientation (required)
  • Applicable visa fees
  • Group-based, intensive language instruction
  • Housing and meals
  • Program-sponsored travel within country
  • All entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities


Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

For more information on the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website at


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