Critical Language Scholarships - Intensive Summer Institutes


A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2015. 

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

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


  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • All candidates must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date.
  • Be in acceptable mental and physical health.
  • Applicants must be 18 by the beginning of the CLS Program.
  • Please see CLS Institute Language Levels for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.
  • Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Materials that must be submitted directly to CLS:
  • Online Application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • A Transcript - either official or unofficial.  Freshmen in college without first term grades must submit an unofficial transcript to show courses in progress.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2014 (tentative)

For more information:      Ruth Mendum, PhD
                                     Director of University Fellowships Office

CLS Website: