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Critical languages scholarships

October 1, 2010
By brewere


Nov. 15 deadline for summer 2011 study of Arabic and other languages.

Applications are now available for the U.S. Department of State 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical-need foreign languages. 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 and graduate students. Students may apply for one language only, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.  Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. The deadline to apply for the 2011 CLS Program is November 15, 2010. 

The languages considered critical are Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.