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The Punjabi Language

The Punjab is a vast region stretching across Western India and Pakistan and is home to the Punjabi people. Punjabi and its dialects make up one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, totaling close to 80 million people in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lahore, and Islamabad – some of the largest and most important cities in the region.

With the growth of the Indian economy, Punjabi is a critically important language in many different professional sectors, including government and non-profit, education, science, and technology. Learning Punjabi will open your eyes to the rich people and culture of the Punjab, which includes a diverse array of sub-cultures and religions, including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jains.

Program Sites

Chandigarh, India
Jun 11, 2020 - Aug 11, 2020

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Adam Matvya
Punjabi 2017
Chandigarh, India
Vincent DeLaurentis
Punjabi 2015
Chandigarh, India
Morgan Burdick
Punjabi 2016
Chandigarh, India

Punjabi Stories

Announcing Selection for the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 summer competition. Congratulations to all the finalists and alternates who participated in the application for the CLS Program this summer.

Finalists for the 2020 CLS Program were selected from a diverse pool of nearly 5,000...

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Posted February 27, 2020


Vincent DeLaurentis

While Vincent was growing up, his family lived close to a Gurdwara—a Sikh temple—which sparked his interest in learning more about the language and culture of the Punjab region. He was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship twice to study Punjabi in 2015 and 2017 in Chandigarh, India....

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Posted February 11, 2020


Announcing the 2020 CLS Application - Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The...

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Posted September 12, 2019