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CLS Summer 2016 Application Due Today! (Monday, 11/23)

Update 11/23 @ 7:45pm: Due to technical issues on the application server, we have extended the CLS Summer 2016 deadline to tomorrow, November, 24 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Thank you all for your patience. Some will continue to experience disruptions in service while the server comes back to full capacity. We recommend stepping away for a short period and coming back later to complete and submit your...


CLS Program Partner Makes List of Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life

Purnima Mehta, Director-General of The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) and CLS Program liason has been named in Global Diversity List’s Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life. AIIS has partnered with the CLS Program to provide Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi language institutes for the past 10 years. We are delighted to share this news and congratulate our dear colleague! For more informatio...


Learn More About CLS from Japanese Alumni!

Learn more about the CLS Program in Japan from CLS 2010 Japanese alumna Loretta Scott and others! Loretta runs KemushiChan, producing Japanese language-learning materials for public on her YouTube channel and as a consultant for private clients. She also founded JapanScholar, a resource that matches high school, university and graduate students interested in Japan and Japanese with f...


Thursday, November 5: Upcoming Webinar for Students With Disabilities and Medical Concerns

Update 11/13/2015: See the recorded webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GubwNB406VkOn Thursday, November 5, at 4 pm EST, the CLS Program will host a webinar for Students With Disabilities and Medical Concerns, co-hosted by Monica Malhotra of Mobility International USA. The webinar will be geared towards students with disabilities and medical concerns, and will cover program benefits, the...


Tuesday, November 3: Upcoming Webinar for STEM Students

Update 11/6/2015: A recorded version of the webinar may be viewed here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3722644376278685698On Tuesday, November 3, at 4 pm EST, the CLS Program will host a webinar aimed at introducing the program to students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. The webinar is presented by CLS Recruitment and Selection Officer Bo Knutson along with...


Announcing the 2016 CLS Application!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and gr...


Recorded: CLS Webinar for Fellowship and Study Abroad Advisors

On September 25, CLS Program Officer for Recruitment and Selection Bo Knutson hosted a webinar for fellowship and study abroad advisors around the country on how best to recruit and advise students when applying to the CLS Program. Bo was joined by LaNitra Berger and Kay Agoston of George Mason University, who shared their long experience of advising students for the program.The recorded sessi...


CLS Adds Swahili to Languages Offered in 2016

The CLS Program is happy to announce the addition of Swahili as a language offered by the CLS Program in 2016. The CLS Swahili Program will accept students at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.Swahili, often referred to as Kiswahili, is the national language of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the lingua franca for as man...