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
Are you interested in sharing your experience while supporting and promoting the CLS Program? The application to become a 2021 CLS Alumni Ambassador is now open!Who are CLS Alumni Ambassadors?
CLS Alumni Ambassadors take leadership roles as active and positive representatives of...
Posted by Liz Sinclair on December 02, 2020
Marcus Dunn is an alumnus of the 2011 CLS Korean program in Jeonju, South Korea. His summer on the CLS Program followed his final undergraduate year at the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture, where he studied Fine and Studio Arts. He also holds a master’s degree in painting...
Posted by Liz Sinclair on November 24, 2020
Edwin Juarez is an alumnus of the 2020 CLS Virtual Korean program and a current student at Claremont McKenna College, where he is majoring in Foreign Languages. Growing up in a predominantly Mexican-American community in Houston, he noticed how relieved his parents were when someone offered...
Posted by Liz Sinclair on September 30, 2020
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
CLS in the Press
Making history this year, New College alum Naimul “Naeem” Chowdhury (Chinese 2018) is the first-ever Novo Collegian to become a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow.
Shared from New College of Florida News, December 24, 2020
Clara Sherwood (Arabic 2020) started an oral history project with the goal of promoting an understanding of difficulties migrants, immigrants, and refugees face.
Shared from Washington & Jefferson College News, December 23, 2020
[Video] Michael Di Girolamo (Chinese 2020) speaks to Carl Nathe about his CLS experience on "UK at the Half."
Shared from UK at the Half, December 10, 2020