Critical Language Scholarship Program | CLS 2017 Application Launches!
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CLS 2017 Application Launches!

We are pleased to announce the open­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion for the U.S. Depart­ment of State 2017 Crit­i­cal Lan­guage Schol­ar­ship (CLS) Pro­gram in four­teen crit­i­cal for­eign languages. 

The CLS Pro­gram is a pro­gram of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, Bureau of Edu­ca­tion­al and Cul­tur­al Affairs. It is a ful­ly-fund­ed over­seas inten­sive lan­guage and cul­tur­al immer­sion pro­gram for Amer­i­can under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents. With the goal of broad­en­ing the base of Amer­i­cans study­ing and mas­ter­ing crit­i­cal lan­guages and to build rela­tion­ships between the peo­ple of the Unit­ed States and oth­er coun­tries, CLS pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to a diverse range of stu­dents from across the Unit­ed States at every lev­el of lan­guage learning.

The four­teen CLS lan­guages are: Ara­bic, Azer­bai­jani, Bangla, Chi­nese, Hin­di, Indone­sian, Japan­ese, Kore­an, Per­sian, Pun­jabi, Russ­ian, Swahili, Turk­ish, and Urdu.

Please note that par­tic­i­pants in the CLS Pro­gram are not required to have any expe­ri­ence study­ing crit­i­cal lan­guages for most of the four­teen lan­guages. Ara­bic, Chi­nese, Per­sian, Russ­ian, and Japan­ese insti­tutes have lan­guage pre­req­ui­sites, which can be found on the CLS web­site: http://​www​.clschol​ar​ship​.org/​i​n​f​o​r​m​a​t​i​o​n​-​f​o​r​/​a​p​p​l​i​cants.

The CLS Pro­gram seeks par­tic­i­pants with diverse inter­ests, from a wide vari­ety of fields of study, back­grounds and career paths, with the pur­pose of rep­re­sent­ing the full diver­si­ty of the Unit­ed States. Thus, stu­dents from all aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­plines, includ­ing busi­ness, engi­neer­ing, law, med­i­cine, sci­ence, social sci­ences, arts and human­i­ties are encour­aged to apply. 

There is no ser­vice require­ment for CLS Alum­ni after the pro­gram. How­ev­er, par­tic­i­pants are expect­ed to con­tin­ue their lan­guage study beyond the schol­ar­ship peri­od, and lat­er apply their crit­i­cal lan­guage skills in their pro­fes­sion­al careers. Par­tic­i­pants are select­ed based on their com­mit­ment to lan­guage learn­ing and plans to apply their lan­guage skills to their future aca­d­e­m­ic or pro­fes­sion­al pursuits. 

Please note that CLS is an inten­sive group-based lan­guage program. 

The appli­ca­tion is now live and avail­able online at:  http://​www​.clschol​ar​ship​.org/​apply

Appli­ca­tions will be due Novem­ber 16, 2016 by 8:00 pm EST.

Pri­or to prepar­ing their appli­ca­tion, inter­est­ed stu­dents should review the full eli­gi­bil­i­ty and appli­ca­tion infor­ma­tion on the CLS Pro­gram web­site: http://​www​.clschol​ar​ship​.org/​i​n​f​o​r​m​a​t​i​o​n​-​f​o​r​/​a​p​p​l​i​cants.

For news, updates and more infor­ma­tion about the CLS Pro­gram, check out the CLS web­site or our Face­book page for updates! 

CLS Web­site: http://​www​.clschol​ar​ship​.org.

CLS Face­book page: http://​www​.face​book​.com/​C​L​S​c​h​o​l​a​rship

CLS Twit­ter page: https://​twit​ter​.com/​C​L​S​s​c​h​o​l​a​rship

For ques­tions, please con­tact us at: cls@​americancouncils.​org