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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 application is now live and available online at:

Applications are due Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST.

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The CLS Program offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Resources for advisors are available at

We will host a series of webinars next week to provide more information for students and advisors. Please see the links below to register for the webinar(s) of your choice. All webinars will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Information for Students:
Thursday, September 19, 3:00pm EST
Register Now:

Information for Faculty, Staff, and Advisors:
Friday, September 20, 3:00pm EST
Register Now:

The CLS Program for Community College Students:
Thursday, September 26, 3:00pm EST
Register Now:

Diversity & Inclusion on the CLS Program:
Friday, September 27, 3:00pm EST
Register Now:

For other questions, please contact us at:

Posted Date

September 12, 2019


Arabic Azerbaijani Bangla Chinese Hindi Indonesian Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Punjabi Russian Swahili Turkish Urdu

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