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CLS Spark

The application for CLS Spark is now live!

Note: CLS Spark is a virtual program for beginning-level learners of Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The CLS Program also administers summer language institutes abroad for learners at all levels in 15 critical languages. The application for the 2023 summer overseas CLS Program will open in fall 2022. Find out more about the summer institutes.

Resources for Applicants

Virtual Information Session


Download PDFs

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..

Getting Help With Your Application

The CLS Program maintains a list of faculty members and administrators at colleges and universities nationwide who have volunteered to assist students with the CLS application process. If you do not have a designated CLS representative at your university, we recommend you contact your university’s study abroad, fellowship office, career services office, or writing center. Note that CLS applicants are not required to obtain support from their home institution to apply for the scholarship, but we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the resources available on your campus.

Also be sure to watch the official informational video above, which is designed to help you learn about the program and write focused, effective essays that speak to the selection criteria for the CLS Program. We recommend this video for every student applying to the CLS Program.

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