The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion summer program for American undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS Program is a program of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and part of a wider initiative to expand the number of Americans mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.  Students spend 8 to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages.  CLS Program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during the summer program, and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds.  


  • U.S. citizens at the time of application
  • Enrolled full-time in their degree program during the fall semester prior to the summer