CLS application closes November 16

The application for the summer 2022 CLS Program closes in just one week on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We welcome students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program. 

Recommendations are due three days later, on Friday, November 19.

Webinars and Events

For more information about the program and our application, we recommend checking out our series of recorded webinars and alumni panels available on our YouTube channel, including:

CLS for Beginning Level Applicants

Never studied a critical language before and not sure where to start?  Jon Poser and Amber Walden introduce the CLS Program and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions by beginning-level applicants.

Alumni Panel and Q&A

Recent alumni talk about how they got interested in their CLS languages and share their best application tips with attendees.

What is CLS

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

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Apply Today

The application is now live and available online at:

The CLS Program is a program of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education
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