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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Benefits

Program Description

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Undergraduate, master's, and doctoral-level students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for the seven-to-ten week-long programs. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program you must be 18 years old by the beginning of the program. Applicants must also be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To view application information about this program, go to the:
CLS Online Application Page.

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program go to the CLS Program information page.