Critical Language Scholarship Program for US students


Currently accepting applications for 2017. Applications due November 16, 2016.Apply now!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The CLS Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural immersion experiences in 14 critical need languages for American undergraduate and graduate students. The program is pleased to announce the addition of Swahili as a new language option for the Summer 2016 application at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.


8-10 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.Eligibility Requirements:

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be 18 by the beginning of the CLS Program.
  • Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).
  • Be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s Statement.
  • Please see CLS Institute Language Levels for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.


Applications due November 16, 2016Apply now! 

Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522

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