The Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program 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.

U.S. citizens who have completed at least one academic year of study. Strong applicants have an excellent academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic environment, are able to adapt to a different culture, plan to continue studying language, and plan to use language in their future career.

Various, depending on language chosen.

Eight-ten week programs during the summer.

Application Requirements:
Online application, two letters of reference, unofficial copy of transcript(s).

Final Deadline:
November 2019

Students interested in applying should reach out to by October 1, 2019.

Applicants will be contacted by email in January to notify them of the status of their application after the initial review process. Applicants who move on to the final round will be notified of their status in February.

Website: The Critical Language Scholarship

Recent Brandeis University Winners:
Congratulations to our most recent winner, Regina Tham '20, who will spend the summer in China. Recent winners also include Saul Kaplan '17, who spent the summer of 2016 in China; John Nunes and Virginia Partridge, who studied in Russia in 2013 and 2011, respectively; and Claire Cooper who studied Arabic in Tunisia in 2010.