Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) Program aims to increase the number of Americans studying foreign languages.  The program provides full funds for undergraduate and graduate students to study in foreign countries during the summer. 

Students from all majors, disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Program participants are expected to continue language study beyond the duration of their funding.  They are also expected to implement skills gained from their participation in the program into their future professional careers.

The application is open to United States citizens currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-seeking program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Applicants must have already completed their first year of university-level curriculum by the beginning of the program.

Funding for this program provides for round-trip transportation, language courses, tuition, books, room and board.


  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bangla/Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu


  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Or other countries where language is spoken

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

For more information on the CLS Program, please contact our office.

Campus deadline:
VCU contact:
Jeff Wing
Director, National Scholarship Office
CLS Campus Representative
(804) 828-6868

Meredith Sisson
Assistant Director, National Scholarship Office
CLS Campus Representative
(804) 828-6868
For more information:
Resources for Applicants:
None available
Study abroad:
Sophmore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Arts, Humanities, Medicine, Social Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

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