Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education, is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Limitations


Various locations, depending on language chosen

Amount, Duration of Award

CLS program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during an eight- to 10-week program, and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds.

Application Requirements

Deadlines and Notification

Past Brandeis Winners