We are pleased to announce the application for the 2023 CLS Program is now open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the U.S. Department of State’s 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome American students to apply now to study a critical language next summer on a fully funded overseas or virtual language program. 

Applications are due Tuesday, November 15, 2022, by 8:00 PM ET/5 PM PT

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks over the summer studying one of 14 critical languages (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu). The program is designed to promote rapid language gains through intensive language instruction, host community engagement, and structured cultural activities in a cohort-based setting. 

In addition to overseas programming, CLS Spark, an initiative of the CLS Program, provides virtual instruction to undergraduate students at the beginning level of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian and specifically targets students who do not have access to studying these languages at their home campus. 

The CLS Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education. It 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. 

The CLS Program plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. If you have any questions, please contact the CLS Program team at: cls@americancouncils.org

The CLS Program will host frequent webinars, Q&A sessions, and alumni panels for students and advisors over the next few weeks. We encourage you to register for an event to learn more: https://clscholarship.org/events

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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