The summer 2022 application is now closed. The deadline for recommendation letters is November 19, 2021.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical 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.
Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America's national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.
Why You Should Study Abroad with the CLS Program
Develop Key Expertise
The CLS Program provides its scholars intensive language and cultural instruction in an environment designed to maximize their language gains at every level.
Career Ready Skills
Alumni apply their critical language skills in a variety of professional fields in public and private sectors as well as government, helping to support America’s competitiveness across the board.
CLS scholars represent the breadth and diversity of the United States. Through personal engagement they help to spread American values and develop mutual understanding with the people of other countries.
CLS News and Stories
November 19, 2021
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CLS in the Press
Feature on CLS advisor Dr. Victoria Hightower - a professor in the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy and Assistant Director of the National Competitive Scholarships (NCS) Office at the University of North Georgia.
Shared from University of North Georgia, November 22, 2021
CLS alumnus Colin Walsh (Bangla 2013) reflects on why the disability community should be involved in Department of State fellowships and careers.
Shared from Mobility International USA, October 29, 2021
Lourdes Mafnas (Indonesian 2021) and Monita Paul (Bangla 2021) were the first University of Guam students to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Mafnas, a graduate environmental science student, and Paul, an undergraduate biology major, were chosen for the eight-week program from a pool of 4,600 national applicants.
Shared from University of Guam, October 21, 2021