U. S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Application Launch

We are delighted to announce that the application for the U. S. Department of State’s 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open!

Students can apply now to learn a critical language on a funded summer program. The application is available at https://clscholarship.org/apply.

The CLS Program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Students can either apply for the CLS Program or CLS Spark. The CLS Program offers in-person programs at partner institutions abroad that provide instruction for graduate and undergraduate students in 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu at various levels. CLS Spark, an initiative of the CLS Program, provides virtual instruction to undergraduate students at the beginning level of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian and specifically targets students who do not have access to studying these languages at their home campus. More information on eligibility is available at:https://clscholarship.org/applicants/eligibility.

The CLS Program will host frequent webinars, Q&A sessions, and alumni panels for students and advisors throughout the fall. A full calendar with these events and corresponding registration links is available at:https://clscholarship.org/events.

The CLS Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education. It is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

The CLS Program plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. If you have any questions, please contact the CLS Program team at: cls@americancouncils.org.