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Congratulations 2023 CLS finalists!

In 2023, we selected approximately 500 competitive American students from 245 institutions as CLS finalists. Read our announcement.



What Alumni Say About the CLS Program


Key Benefits

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Develop Key Expertise

The CLS Program provides its scholars intensive language and cultural instruction in an environment designed to maximize their language gains at every level.

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Career Ready Skills

Alumni apply their critical language skills in a variety of professional fields in public and private sectors as well as government, helping to support America’s competitiveness across the board.

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Citizen Diplomacy

CLS scholars represent the breadth and diversity of the United States. Through personal engagement they help to spread American values and develop mutual understanding with the people of other countries.


  • The CLS Program was instrumental in getting me to the proficiency level required for my career. My employer cited my language skills as one of the main traits that made me an outstanding candidate.
    John Krzyzaniak, Persian 2016
  • Just having conversations with people and being open with them about what we did culturally where I’m from; I’ve always wanted to share that with people.
    Marcus Dunn, Korean 2011
  • Diplomatic representation of the monolith that is the United States military is very similar to the citizen diplomacy aspect of the CLS Program. You cannot begin to understand culture without the language component. With the CLS Program, you gain authenticity by learning the language.
    Andrea Howard, Azerbaijani 2015
  • "The Persian language opens a door to a universe of wonders within the collective history of humankind."
    Shabbir Abbas, Persian 2020

CLS News and Stories

Alumni Profile: Mayisha Haque
Mayisha Haque is a two-time alumna of the CLS Korean Program having participated in CLS Korean in 2021 hosted by Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea and again in 2022, hosted by Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. Mayisha is a senior at Wayne State University double-maj…

March 24, 2023


Alumni Profile: Zion Shih
Zion Shih is an alumna of the CLS Chinese Program hosted by Tamkang University in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Zion attends Loma Linda University where she studies Translational Medicine as an MD-PhD student. As a future physician-scientist, Zion plans to bring her work with patients into the lab to in…

March 20, 2023


Alumni Profile: Eugeniu Prodan
Eugeniu Prodan is an alumnus of the 2022 CLS Indonesian Program hosted by Universitas Negeri Malang in Malang, Indonesia. He is a second-year student in the Master of International Affairs Program at Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Busi…

March 16, 2023


Alumni Profile: Yumei Lin
Yumei Lin is an alumna of the 2022 CLS Indonesian Program hosted by Universitas Negeri Malang in Malang, Indonesia. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies and a minor in Economics. Yumei hopes to apply her Indonesian a…

March 14, 2023


CLS in the Press

Learning Critical Languages

Critical Language Scholarship Program provides a cultural immersion experience for students

Shared from UDaily, March 21, 2023


Three VCU students, one alum selected for prestigious language scholarship

Critical Language Scholarship and CLS Spark Program honorees will study languages with the goal of helping improve U.S. diplomatic relationships.

Shared from VCU News, March 21, 2023


Ellie Penner ’23 Awarded Critical Language Scholarship to Study in India

Ellie Penner ’23, a Washington and Lee University senior, has received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Bangla this summer in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Shared from The Columns, March 20, 2023