CLS application closes November 15

The application for the 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and CLS Spark closes in just over two weeks on Tuesday, November 15 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. 

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?  Bo Knutson and Esha Bera introduce the CLS Program and are joined by Alumni Ambassador, Bridget Seghers, to 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 the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program?

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion group-based program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

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 American undergraduate students the opportunity to study critical languages virtually when they may not have access to studying these languages on their campuses.

The CLS Program, 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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