United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.
Domestic and international travel between the participant’s U.S. home city, Washington, D.C., and the CLS Program site; related costs for a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C.; applicable visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program sponsored travel within the host country; entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities.
Eligibility - nationality
Enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level.
At least 18 years old.
Acceptable mental and physical health.
Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study (two semesters or three quarters).
At least one academic year of prior target language study or the equivalent (Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced) for Arabic, Persian.
At least two academic years of prior target language study or the equivalent (Intermediate and Advanced only) for Chinese, Japanese,