Critical Languages Scholarship (US Department of State)

Deadline: November 17, 2020

The application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! Apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.The application is now live and available online at:

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The CLS Program offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Resources for advisors are available on our web site at:

The CLS Program will host weekly webinars for students and advisors throughout the fall. Each webinar will begin with a brief informational presentation about the program followed by ample time for audience questions and answers.

A full calendar of these events and corresponding registration links is available on our web site:

For other questions, please contact us at: