The Application for the 2023 CLS Program is closed. The deadline for applications was November 15, 2022 at 8pm Eastern Time.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world.
The CLS Program provides opportunities for American college and university students to study languages and cultures essential to America's engagement with the world.
Each summer, American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.
CLS Spark, an initiative of the CLS Program, provides opportunities for American undergraduate college and university students to study Arabic, Chinese and Russian virtually at the beginning level.
Designed to leverage best practices in online language learning, CLS Spark provides students with the opportunity to study critical languages virtually when they may not have access to studying these languages on their campuses.
What Alumni Say About 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 30, 2022
November 18, 2022
CLS Student Spotlight: Lucas San Miguel on Chinese Language as a Gateway to Connection in Rural NicaraguaTo say Lucas San Miguel had an unconventional summer break would be an understatement. While many college sophomores spent their summer enjoying a reprieve from academics, Lucas launched himself into a CLS Chinese Program and jetted off to Tola, Nicaragua to intern with Rancho Santana, a company th…
October 14, 2022
October 05, 2022
CLS in the Press
Community College of Philadelphia students Hannah Mc-Kay Simmons (Chinese 2022), an International Studies major, and Donika Campbell (Arabic 2022), a Respiratory Care Technology major, talk about why the CLS Spark program is a worthwhile opportunity for students.
Shared from Community College of Philadelphia, November 22, 2022
Alice Su (Arabic 2013) co-hosts the Economist's new weekly podcast "Drum Tower," in which correspondents from the Economist analyze the stories at the heart of China and its changing role in the world.
Shared from The Economist, November 14, 2022
‘Cultural excursions’ in South Korea | Penn State student shares experiences studying abroad, regaining his heritage
Juntae Rocker (Korean 2022) talks about his experience on the CLS Program in Busan.
Shared from Daily Collegian, September 22, 2022