Critical Language Scholarship Program | CLS Spark
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CLS Spark

CLS Spark is a pilot virtual initiative for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Designed to leverage best practices in online language learning developed by the CLS Program during the pandemic, CLS Spark provides American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses or when they may have responsibilities that limit their ability to go overseas. Participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.

A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and CLS Spark are part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Resources for Advisors

CLS Spark is a new initiative and it is important to us to provide advisors for the CLS Program with information and tools that help them to promote this opportunity to their students and networks.

CLS Spark Application A PDF version of the 2022 CLS Spark application.
CLS Spark One-Pager A one-page flyer for printing and distribution, or that may be emailed to promote CLS Spark to others..
CLS Spark Presentation Slides PowerPoint slides for promoting CLS Spark to students.
CLS Spark Social Media Graphic 1 A graphic for advisors to advertise CLS Spark on social media
CLS Spark Social Media Graphic 2 A graphic for advisors to advertise CLS Spark on social media