Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.
at the time of submitting your application:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.
Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level.
Your program must result in a degree. Applicants who are taking stand-alone or continuing education classes are not eligible.
Your institution must be an accredited U.S. institution. Students earning degrees at foreign colleges or universities that are not based in the U.S. or its territories are not eligible.
You must be enrolled at your home college or university in the Fall Semester of 2016. Please read the following information carefully:
If you are not taking classes at your home institution in the fall semester, please confirm that you are, in fact, enrolled. Institutions have different requirements to maintain enrollment status and you will be required to provide a signed letter from your registrar stating that you were enrolled during the fall semester.
If you are taking a leave of absence to participate in an organized semester- or year-long study abroad program, or to participate in a substantive internship program, you may still be considered eligible. You will be required to submit documentation of your study abroad or internship program. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
In either case, you must submit a signed letter from your home college or university in the U.S. explaining your situation and your intention to re-enroll following the completion of your study abroad or internship program.
Terms of Award:
The application for the CLS Program is available each year during the fall prior to the program dates.
Each applicant will be contacted by email in January with notification of the status of their application
Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation.