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Critical Language Scholarship Program (summer)
Amman, Jordan; Arusha, Tanzania; Baku, Azerbaijan; Chandigarh, India; Changchun, China; Dalian, China; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Gwangju, South Korea; Hikone, Japan; Ibri, Oman; Jaipur, India; Kolkata, India; Lucknow, India; Malang, Indonesia; Meknes, Morocco; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Suzhou, China; Tainan, Taiwan; Tangier, Morocco; Vladimir, Russian Federation; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
US Department of State
Program Term(s):
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Language courses offered:
Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bahasa Indonesian, Bangla, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Housing Options:
Homestay, Other
Areas of Study:
Languages other than English
Program Design: Group based
Program Description:
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American college students who are US citizens. 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 opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields.

Language Levels and Prerequisites
The CLS Program provides instruction in fourteen critical languages. Please note that not all levels are offered for each language (Chinese, Japanese and Russian require a minimum of two years of college-level study or the equivalent; Arabic and Persian require a minimum of one year of college-level study or the equivalent). The chart below provides information about the levels offered for each CLS language. In order to determine which language level to choose, please review the information provided. Compare your level of experience to the scale provided below.

Offered at all levels (Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced)

Requires at least one academic year of prior target language study or the equivalent (Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced)

Requires at least two academic years of prior target language study or the equivalent (Intermediate and Advanced only)

CLS Language Levels and Terminology
Beginning Level: No previous study of the language, or less than one academic year of study or the equivalent.
Advanced Beginning Level: At least one academic year of target language study or the equivalent.
Intermediate Level: At least two academic years of target language study or the equivalent.
Advanced Level: At least three academic years of target language study or the equivalent.

If you are currently taking college-level coursework, please apply for the next highest level. For instance, if you will have completed first year Arabic or the equivalent by the start of the CLS summer programs, you should select Advanced Beginning Arabic.

Top Five Reasons to Apply to CLS

1. You will make enormous language gains. The intensive and immersive nature of the CLS program means that in two months, you have the potential to make gains that might otherwise take you years of class time and study. On average, CLS participants gain the equivalent of one-year of study in U.S. classrooms over a single summer.

2. CLS will help you grow as a person and a student. Your study abroad experience will open your eyes to new people and places and introduce perspectives you could get nowhere else. These perspectives will be important to your personal and professional goals.

3. Critical languages make you more competitive in the job market. No matter what field you are pursuing, in our globalized world, employers are often looking for employees that are culturally competent and have a global perspective. The CLS experience will give you an advantage over the competition as you enter the job market.

Countries such as India, Turkey, China, Azerbaijan, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia make up some of the world's fastest growing economies. With the language and cultural expertise you gain through CLS, you can be a part of those burgeoning economic climates and get the on the ground experience that will set you apart.

4. You will become part of a vast community of language learners. Your CLS cohort will be made up of America's brightest and most dedicated students, many of whom will go on to become leaders in their field. Make contacts that will serve you well into the future! You'll also become a member of the 4 million-strong Department of State Alumni network.

Besides the practical aspects of CLS, you'll make lifelong relationships with unique people. CLS emphasizes the diversity of its participants. You'll meet people from different backgrounds and build your network with people from all over the country!

5. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors. You may be the first American that someone from your host country meets. You will have the opportunity to teach people about our country and culture and build relationships between the people of the United States and your host country.

How to Apply
Interested Gustavus students should first apply to the CLS program. You are highly encouraged to work with the Director of Fellowships at Gustavus as you pursue the award.

If you learn that are an awardee of the program, then you may complete this Gustavus application in order to receive academic credit at Gustavus for your CLS program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.