Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for 2022 (deadline on 11/16/2021)

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a prestigious national study abroad scholarship, which covers all costs for an intensive summer study abroad to develop national talents in languages of critical need (such as Japanese).

The scholarship covers all the cost for a summer study abroad in 2022 to selected countries (including Japan). You should have studied Japanese for at least two years to apply. The deadline is on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. See below or the CLS website ( for more information.

The introduction video to the CLS scholarship is available here and you can download the program flyer here.

Also, there will be a webinar for students who are planning to apply for the CLS this year. The webinar is scheduled at 3:00pm on Friday, September 24, 2021. RSVP at

  • About the Critical Language Scholarship
    • The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels.
    • CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for US citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner.
    • Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.
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