Critical Language Scholarship Program | Flying to the U.S.
CLS students gather in front of Manas International Airport in Bishkek.

Flying to the U.S.

The CLS Program purchases a round-trip airline ticket for each participant to travel to their program site and return to the United States with their cohort after the program ends. Participants are expected to take the CLS-provided flight back to the U.S. The CLS Program is not able to accommodate or approve any individual requests for later return dates, and depending on their visa, it may not be possible for participants to remain in the host country or location after the end of the program. If a participant wishes to waive their CLS-provided return flight to the U.S., they must sign a waiver, arrange and finance their own return travel, and provide information about their plans to CLS staff. The CLS Program cannot pay for or approve changes to return tickets or make changes to return tickets and then bill participants. If a participant elects to waive their CLS-provided return flight, the CLS Program retains the international return ticket so that the participant is able to return to the U.S. in the event of an emergency.

Upon arriving in the U.S., participants must pass through U.S. customs. Participants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with U.S. customs procedures and regulations, including items that travelers are not allowed to bring into the U.S. Participants can find information about customs regulations by visiting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at