2018 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Application Closing November 15

The Critical Language Scholarship (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 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

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 seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

They are inviting American students to apply to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available online at: http://www.clscholarship.org
Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST.

They have two informational videos available:
CLS Program Overview: https://youtu.be/YwN8qQTYmJI
Tips for Writing a Successful Application: https://youtu.be/Mvb6luXq2BE

The fourteen languages offered by the CLS Program are:
Arabic
Azerbaijani
Bangla
Chinese
Hindi
Indonesian
Japanese
Korean
Persian
Punjabi
Russian
Swahili
Turkish
Urdu

Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. Language pre-requisites can be found on our website at http://www.clscholarship.org/about.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website.

For other questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org
Contact Info:
Stephanie Li
Senior Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education
1828 L Street NW., Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
phone: (202)-833-7522 / fax: (202)-833-7523
email: sli@americancouncils.org
www.americancouncils.org
Contact Email:
cls@americancouncils.org
URL:
http://www.clscholarship.org

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