The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is happy to introduce CLS Spark, a new initiative of the U.S. Department of State providing American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses or when they may have responsibilities that limit their ability to go overseas. Participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand
dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical
foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are
encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their
language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their
critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen
languages that are critical to America's national security and
economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors,
sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.
Why You Should Study Abroad with the CLS Program
Develop Key Expertise
The CLS Program provides its scholars
intensive language and cultural instruction
in an environment designed to maximize
their language gains at every level.
Career Ready Skills
Alumni apply their critical language
skills in a variety of professional fields
in public and private sectors as well as
government, helping to support America’s
competitiveness across the board.
CLS scholars represent the breadth
and diversity of the United States.
Through personal engagement they
help to spread American values and
develop mutual understanding with
the people of other countries.
Sasha DeLellis is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Russian Program hosted virtually by KORA Russian Learning Center in Vladmir, Russia. Sasha is in her senior year at Central Michigan University finishing her Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduating later this year, Sasha plans to pursue graduat…
Sam Ramtin is an alumnus of the 2021 CLS Program hosted virtually by the Arab American Language Institute (AALI) in Morocco. Sam will be graduating this spring with an M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations & Public Policy from San Diego State University. Sam wil…
Alexandra Dionisi is an alumna of the 2020 and 2021 CLS Indonesian Program hosted virtually by Universitas Negeri Malang in Malang, Indonesia. Alexandra received her Associates of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies and the Spanish Language from the Rowan College of South Jersey. Alexandra plans to…
Manmeet Pelia is an alumna of the 2021 CLS Punjabi Program hosted virtually by American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Chandigarh, India. Manmeet is a third-year electrical and computer engineering student at the United States Air Force Academy. After graduating, Manmeet plans to apply and p…