Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Critical Language Scholarship

About the Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) are intensive in-country summer language immersion programs designed to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Program languages currently include: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu (beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels); Arabic and Persian (advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels); Chinese, Japanese, and Russian (intermediate and advanced levels). Applicants applying for beginner levels should have some exposure to their target language and applicants at the advanced and intermediate levels should have completed coursework or other relevant experiences within their target language. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, social sciences, and humanities, are encouraged to apply.

Special Location of award, if applicable: International

Eligible applicants:

• are undergraduate (sophomore and above) or graduate students
• will continue their language study beyond the scholarship period
• plan to apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Any (undergraduate or graduate)

University endorsement required?

Yes

Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Critical Language Scholarship application process:


CLS programs are offered at all levels of instruction, but it is recommended that even applicants applying for beginner levels have some exposure to their target language. Applicants at the advanced and intermediate levels should have completed extensive coursework or other relevant experiences within their target language. It is also suggested that applicants complete area studies coursework concerning the region or country in which they wish to complete a CLS program.

SU offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. See the Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department website at http://lang.syr.edu/.

Applications are due to the CLS Program in mid-November.

Interested? Contact CFSA and get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:  jmpark02@syr.edu
More Information:  http://clscholarship.org/

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