Critical Language Scholarship Program- Deadline Extended!


**Please note that due to system issues, deadlines have been extended:

For APPLICANTS: The CLS Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

For RECOMMENDERS and LANGUAGE EVALUATORS: The deadline for submitting CLS Recommendations and Evaluations has been extended to Friday, November 22, 2013, at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time.**

Fully Funded Summer Language Study

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language program. For seven to ten weeks each summer, undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. live and study at over twenty sites abroad, covering the equivalent of a full year of university-level language study in thirteen critical languages. Levels available for each CLS language are as follows:
Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning through advanced levels;
Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

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

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).


All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. All candidates must have completed at east their first year of university-level study by the beginning of the summer institute. Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted each fall, September through mid-November, for programs beginning the following summer.

Grant Benefits

All CLS Program costs are covered for participants, including: round-trip domestic and international travel; mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC; applicable visa fees; room and board; seven to ten weeks of group-based intensive language instruction; course materials; all costs associated with the CLS cultural program; and a small living stipend. U.S. undergraduate academic credit is offered through Bryn Mawr College. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

Contact | | 202-833-7522

Application Deadline

The deadline for the 2014 CLS Application is: Friday, 15 Nov 2013, 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time


The CLS Program welcomes all eligible applications and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.