Critical Language Scholarship



The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. For more information, please visit 

If you would like to learn more, please join us:

Critical Language Scholarship in-person Information Session

Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Date: Oct 6, 2022   3:30 - 4:30 pm  


Critical Language Scholarship ONLINE session

Zoom registration link: 

Date: Oct 7, 2022    9:00 - 10:00 am

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at or visit our website at