Critical Language Scholarship Program | 2024 CLS Program Application…

2024 CLS Program Application Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application is now open for the 2024 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and virtual initiative, CLS Spark! We welcome American undergraduate and graduate students to apply now to learn a critical language next summer on a funded language and cultural enrichment program.

Start your application at:

The deadline is Tuesday, November 14, 2023 by 8:00pm EST.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks over the summer studying one of 13 critical languages (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu). The program provides intensive language instruction and structured cultural activities designed to promote rapid language gains. 

CLS Spark, an initiative of CLS, provides beginner-level virtual instruction for Arabic, Chinese, and Russian for competitively selected U.S. undergraduate students whose home campuses do not offer these languages. 

We encourage applicants to watch our application tips videos on the CLS Program at institutes abroad and CLS Spark, a virtual program. The CLS Program will host frequent webinars, Q&A sessions, and alumni panels for students and advisors over the next few weeks. 

Register for an upcoming CLS information session here:

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

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Posted Date

October 03, 2023

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