Applications open for U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program

The application for the U.S. Department of State’s 2021 Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) Program is currently open to undergraduate and graduate students of all fields of study. You can apply by visiting

CLS is a structured overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students that is fully-funded by the U.S. Department of State. The intensive program is 8 weeks long and takes place over the summer. CLS currently offers programs in 15 languages that are critical to our engagement with the world all across academic and professional disciplines. These include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Many of these languages do not require any prior experience learning the language.

Interested students or faculty are invited to attend an online information session in which Washington, DC-based CLS Program Officer Chris Stiles will cover such details as travel arrangements, living accommodations (such as host families or roommates), and some of the benefits of participating. He will also share some tips on how you can make your application more competitive, as well as answer any questions students may have about the program. A flyer about the UNDCLS info session is available.

The CLS information session for UND students and faculty will take place Friday, Oct.23, at 1 p.m. CDT on Zoom. You can attend by clicking on the following link at the scheduled date and time:

Please note that the scholarship deadline this year will be Nov. 17.

— Yee Han Chu, Academic Support and Fellowship Opportunities Coordinator