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

For detailed eligibility requirements, please see the application information below. 

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To view eligibility requirements and application information about this program, please visit the
CLS Online Application Page.

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program and all other education  programs offered by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.

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