News and Stories

Sustaining Language Engagement Two Years After CLS

By Owen Jollie (CLS Urdu 2014) Sometime in January last year, I was called to the podium of an American India Foundation (AIF) event to recite, impromptu, a few couplets of Urdu poetry. Not only the entire board of the foundation, but also the United States Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Verma, was present. Needless to say, I was excited for the opportunity. I shared with the audience a...


CLS Awardees Announced

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is happy to announce awardees for our 2017 summer institutes. CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable ...


Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Several students recently learned that they have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship, an award that will allow them to study a “critical need” language intensively through an immersive experience abroad in summer 2017.


Learning Urdu: The Foundation for My Work in Development

By Yasin Khan (CLS Urdu 2014) As a first generation American, I was intimately aware of Indian cultural practice growing up. Although I heard Urdu at home, my father was dedicated to the idea that I should speak English without an accent. He wanted to shield me from the hardship he faced as an immigrant. I felt the impact of my father’s decision when I first traveled to India in 2009 and was ...


CLS Introduces a New Logo and Visual Identity

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is pleased to announce the introduction of a new logo and visual identity for the CLS Program. Our new visual identity reflects the central role language plays in solving the global issues that face America today. CLS prepares U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to na...