The CLS Application for the 2021 Summer Programs is now available!
Start your application online now. Applications are due November 17, 2020 at 8:00pm Eastern
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.
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
Lauren, an alumna of the 2017 CLS Indonesian program, landed a position in early 2020 as a...
Posted by Jessica Klink on September 21, 2020
We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.
The application is now live and available...
Posted by Andrew McCullough on August 27, 2020
Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s Virtual Institutes this summer, we are pleased to announce that the CLS Program will offer further virtual language instruction this fall for the study of ten critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Indonesian,...
Posted by Andrew McCullough on August 14, 2020
Nilaya Knafo is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Arabic program in Amman, Jordan. A 2019 graduate of American University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, Nilaya focused her studies on foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. She now works as a Senior Program Assistant at...
Posted by Liz Sinclair on July 09, 2020
CLS in the Press
After years of following national headlines regarding the refugee crisis, Roni Sosis (Arabic 2020) decides to better the situation
Shared from Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, September 28, 2020
International travel is currently restricted for most of the world, but there is much that students who want to study abroad during their time at Tech can do now to make these dreams a reality.
Shared from Georgia Tech Technique, September 28, 2020
Clara Haizlett (Arabic 2017), a local filmmaker, aims to help capture Americans’ common humanity during this dark time.
Shared from Wheeling News-Register, September 25, 2020