Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Grants/Scholarships/Fellowships
December 19, 2018


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.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is administered by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program Requirements:

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

Application Details

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

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