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.
CLS News and Stories
The CLS Program is pleased to announce CLS Refresh, a new language learning opportunity for CLS alumni. To support alumni in their continued commitment to critical languages, individualized virtual language instruction will be offered for approximately 220 CLS alumni beginning in October 2021,...
August 18, 2021
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the CLS Program, we are pleased to invite alumni from all program years to enter the 2021 CLS Alumni Photo Contest.
Submissions will be accepted through Friday, September 10, 2021 and each entry should fall into one of four categories:Mutual...
August 10, 2021
This week, as part of the opening of the EducationUSA Forum, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced a Joint Statement of Principles in support of international education with support from the Departments of Commerce and Homeland...
July 27, 2021
We are pleased to announce the full list of scholars awarded with the Critical Language Scholarship this summer to participate in intensive summer language institutes in fifteen different languages critical to America's national security and economic prosperity.
The list of scholars for...
June 16, 2021
CLS in the Press
Daniel Mota-Villegas, a new Kalamazoo College Posse alum, graduated last spring with degrees in East Asian studies, political science and psychology. He has been selected for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a prestigious fellowship for American students learning critical foreign languages.
Shared from Posse Foundation, September 10, 2021
Three Florida Gulf Coast University students recently wrapped up an intensive summer program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State designed to immerse participants in the study of foreign languages that have been deemed vital to the nation’s economic and security interests.
Shared from Florida Gulf Coast University, September 03, 2021
Fellowships Office coordinator and CLS Program advisor Pamela Kittelson sits down to talk about applying for fellowships and why Gusties should take advantage.
Shared from Gustavus Adolphus College News, September 01, 2021