The CLS Application for the 2021 Summer Programs is closed.
You may still log in to view your application online. Recommendation letters are due November 20, 2020 at 5:00pm 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
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
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
CLS in the Press
Lindsey Hinczynski received a Chinese language CLS Program award. The CLS Program is the U.S. Department of State’s scholarship program in which the government invests money into teaching Americans languages that are critical to developing modern international relations and business.
Shared from Loyola University Maryland, November 25, 2020
Western Kentucky University student Mac Williams received a CLS award to study Japanese in 2020.
Shared from WKU News, November 20, 2020
Hattie Seten (Arabic 2018) has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Shared from Brookings Register, November 20, 2020