CLS Applications Still Open

The application for the summer 2022 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will close in just over two weeks on Tuesday, November 16 at 8:00pm Eastern Time. We welcome students to apply now to learn one of fifteen critical foreign languages, including Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.  

The application is now live and available online at:  https://www.clscholarship.org/apply

The CLS Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

We have hosted a number of information sessions and alumni panels this fall, including sessions specific to our 15 separate language programs and a session for beginners who may not know where to begin when selecting a language for their application. Recordings of these webinars are available here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc6m86vaPU3ajuH8dVPacok5ZwlmZjv2F

We have a limited number of upcoming live information and Q&A sessions that are open to both students and advisors: https://clscholarship.org/events

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, 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. CLS 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 cls@americancouncils.org.

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