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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a U.S. Department of State program, is focused on language and cultural immersion. Intensive institutes are offered in the following foreign languages:

Beginning Advanced Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Arabic ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Azerbaijani ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Bangla/Bengali ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Chinese ✔︎ ✔︎
Hindi ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Indonesian ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Japanese ✔︎ ✔︎
Korean ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Persian ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Punjabi ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Russian ✔︎ ✔︎
Turkish ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Urdu ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled at an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program.
  • Must be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s statement and must inform the program of any changes in their health status between submission of these forms and departure in order to participate in the program.
  • Completed at least one academic year of study (two semesters or three quarters).

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