Because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the deadline to apply for the 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program has been extended to 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 20. The application is available online at

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 U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.  The CLS Program aims to attract participants who reflect the full spectrum of U.S. university students – from diverse fields of study, cultural backgrounds, and institutions, as well as from all U.S. states and territories. At this time, CLS is interested in soliciting more applicants from your institution.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: Please note that Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can also be found at this link.

For more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website:

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