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Critical Language Scholarship Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The application for the 2020 summer CLS Program is now live! Find more information in the announcement, and start an application. The application deadline is November 19, 2019.

November 19, 2019
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Overview

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now 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/apply

Applications are due Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST.

The 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 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

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 offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Resources for advisors are available at https://clscholarship.org/advisors

We will host a series of webinars next week to provide more information for students and advisors. Please see the links below to register for the webinar(s) of your choice. All webinars will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Information for Students:
Thursday, September 19, 3:00pm EST
Register Now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DO3lCz5OS-qcViwhhM1yOA

Information for Faculty, Staff, and Advisors:
Friday, September 20, 3:00pm EST
Register Now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ux1rI_G9TNqrWQ9EYzqbuA

The CLS Program for Community College Students:
Thursday, September 26, 3:00pm EST
Register Now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SG3y9-0LSGeF547oExqUlQ

Diversity & Inclusion on the CLS Program:
Friday, September 27, 3:00pm EST
Register Now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cCqqK0ErR-eLBeoFATujSg

For other questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

 

CLS is an overseas, group-based program that takes place each summer. Program sites, dates, and overseas institutional partners may vary from year to year. Information for the most recent program year can be found in the institute profiles under the Languages tab.

 

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Events

December 14, 2019 - 9:00am
Pasadena, California

Longtime instructor Guang-Li (David) Zhang, a graduate of the Shanghai Art Academy teaches beginner and advanced students Chinese Calligraphy in mixed lecture and workshop classes.