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The Critical Language Scholarship Program

Logo of the Critical Language Scholarship

Attend a fully-funded summer overseas language program with a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. 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 professional careers.

Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America's national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.

Application Deadline 

Applications are due in November, check the CLS website for more details.

Stay Connected for Updates

More details about the program are available on the CLS website, and make sure you have subscribed to the SEAP listserv to receive the latest updates on deadlines for CLS applications and funding deadlines.

Additional Information

Academic Type

  • Study Abroad Opportunity