On March 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel. In light of this Travel Advisory, the CLS Program is suspending all CLS summer language institutes for 2020. The health and well-being of CLS Program participants is our most important consideration. The application for the summer 2021 CLS Program is expected to be available in the fall of 2020.
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
“Language learning will always be a part of my life. I am so grateful for the doors that the CLS Program has opened for me .”
Ezra Baker studied Economics and French at Ohio State University, and wanted to broaden his horizons to learn a more challenging and less commonly taught language....
Posted by Jessica Klink on June 01, 2020
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is pleased to announce CLS Virtual Institutes in six critical languages in summer 2020 for a limited number of participants. CLS Virtual Institutes will provide remote language instruction and cultural learning in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean,...
Posted by Andrew McCullough on May 29, 2020
Posted by Jessica Klink on May 25, 2020
Leona Amosah is a heritage speaker of Russian and went on to study the language and Russian literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Russian literature classes enabled them to connect more deeply with the history and culture of Russia, and helped prepare Leona for their...
Posted by Jessica Klink on May 18, 2020
CLS in the Press
Dashiell Hunter ’22, was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Arabic.
Shared from Connecticut College, June 02, 2020
CLS Chinese alumnus Ryan Mills reflects on the value of his time in Dalian on the CLS Program.
Shared from LinkedIn, May 26, 2020
CLS advisor Patricia Whitlow wins University of Kentucky's Global Impact Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in Campus Internationalization.
Shared from University of Kentucky News, May 26, 2020