Scholarships Available for Overseas Student Language Learning Programs

The U.S. Department of State has announced the upcoming scholarship competition for the 2010 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.

The program provides funds for overseas intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical-need foreign languages.

The online application for the CLS Program awards is now available. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18.

The CLS Program provides group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks. Students may apply for one language and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. The 2010 CLS Program will include new programs in Indonesian and Japanese.

Levels available for each language are as follows:
*Arabic, Persian: beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
*Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, or Urdu: beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
*Chinese, Japanese or Russian: intermediate or advanced level.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors 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.

For more information on the CLS Program and the selection process, visit To receive a program announcement, e-mail  

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