Critical Language Scholarship Program 2020

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Summer Program
November 19, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Korean History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate 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:


We will host a series of webinars next week to provide more information for students and advisors. Please see the links below to register for the webinar(s) of your choice. All webinars will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.


Information for Students:

                Thursday, September 19, 3:00pm EST

                Register Now:


Information for Faculty, Staff, and Advisors:

                Friday, September 20, 3:00pm EST

                Register Now:


The CLS Program for Community College Students:

                Thursday, September 26, 3:00pm EST

                Register Now:


Diversity & Inclusion on the CLS Program:

                Friday, September 27, 3:00pm EST

                Register Now:


The application is now live and available online at:

Applications are due Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST.

For other questions, please contact us at:

Contact Info: 

Syejeong Kim

Program Officer for Indonesian, Japanese and Korean

Critical Language Scholarship Program

American Councils for International Education

1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200

Washington, D.C. 20036

T: 202.833.7522

F: 202.572.9182



The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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