Critical Language Scholarship Program | Bangla
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The Bangla Language

No Prior Language Study Required

Spo­ken from the dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed nation of Bangladesh to the bustling streets of the Kolkata metrop­o­lis in the Indi­an state of West Ben­gal, Bangla is the sev­enth most spo­ken lan­guage in the entire world. As the economies of South Asia con­tin­ue to grow and the region’s strate­gic and com­mer­cial impor­tance grows, demand for lan­guages like Bangla con­tin­ue to increase in inter­na­tion­al busi­ness­es, uni­ver­si­ties and research insti­tu­tions, non-prof­it and devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tions, and the US government.

Bangla has a rich and diverse his­to­ry, boast­ing a lit­er­ary tra­di­tion that pro­duced Indi­a’s nation­al poet and Nobel Lau­re­ate Rabindranath Tagore. Busi­ness majors look­ing to break into excit­ing devel­op­ing economies, sci­en­tists who want to work with Bangladesh and Indi­a’s lead­ing researchers and edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions, anthro­pol­o­gists and eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gists study­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tures of the region, and just about any­one from any field can add a unique dynam­ic to their career pur­suits with this impor­tant and wide­ly spo­ken Indic language.

Program Sites

Kolkata, India
American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)
Jun 21, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Paige Giarmona
Bangla 2016
Kolkata, India
Kerry Burgott
Bangla 2017
Kolkata, India
Chelsea McGill
Bangla 2011
Dhaka, Bangladesh