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Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

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National and International Scholarships Program
807 S. Wright St. Floor 5 (IUB) Room 514
Oct 8, 2015   3:30 - 4:30 pm  
David Schug

The Critical Language Scholarship, from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  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. 

Languages Offered

  • No previous study required: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili,
  • Turkish, Urdu
  • 1 year of study required: Arabic, Persian
  • 2 years of study required: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

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Our advisors, who have served as national-level CLS reviewers, will provide an overview of the program and give you helpful guidance on how to put together a competitive application. You will also hear from Illinois CLS alumni Jamison Watson (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) and Isamar Mata (Global Studies).

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