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Critical Language Scholarship Program

Goes By: CLS

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


CLS Electronic Deadline
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:00 pm ET

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Summer Programs
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Education Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

About this Fellowship

The CLS provides an intensive language study program for US students, funded by the US Department of State. Participants study one of 15 critical languages for approximately 12 weeks over the summer.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Please note: Students applying for the CLS must also complete the study abroad application process with the Education Abroad Office. See more information about the study abroad application process and their deadlines at the Education Abroad website.

Current graduate students applying for the CLS must also submit information to the Education Abroad Office at least 30 days prior to departure. See their website for more information.

Award Value

Funds approximately 12 week language immersion program, including travel, room, and board.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctoral

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: November 8, 2021

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