September 29, 2017 at 10:58 am

A&S Global | Learn Critical Foreign Languages on a Fully Funded Study Abroad Program

Tetyana Dovbnya

Tetyana Dovbnya

by Tetyana Dovbnya
International Student Advising Specialist / Academic Advisor

We are pleased to welcome American students to apply for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program to learn critical foreign languages next summer on a fully funded study abroad program.

The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS, a program of the U.S. State Department, 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.

Applications are due Nov. 15, 2017, by 7:59 p.m. EST.

Download a one-page flyer to promote the CLS Program in your community.

The fourteen languages offered by the CLS Program are:

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

Most languages offered by the CLS program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. SEELANGS subscribers may be interested to know that Russian requires participants to have completed two years of college-level study (or the equivalent) prior to participation in the program, and Persian requires one year of college-level study (or the equivalent) prior to participation in the program. Azerbaijani and Turkish accept students from the absolute beginner to the advanced level.  Language pre-requisites can be found on the CLS website.

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