Critical Language Scholarship Program | Before You Go
Three CLS students chat during an on-site orientation session.

Before You Go

The time that finalists spend preparing to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program is an important investment that allows them to maximize the opportunities they encounter in their host community. At the point of acceptance into the program, finalists must complete a large number of pre-program requirements that involve a significant time commitment. For example, finalists are required to submit many documents and forms, complete language testing, and respond to all communications from CLS staff in a timely manner. Furthermore, finalists are expected to thoroughly review all materials prepared for them by CLS staff, participate in virtual pre-program trainings and orientation sessions, and engage in their own research about the host community. This section describes considerations that finalists should plan for to make sure that they will be able to successfully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the CLS Program.