The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students in 13 critical foreign languages. Working to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants learn to apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Learn more. Critical Language Scholarship Program website
Success Stories
Grand Valley student selected for Critical Language Scholarship Grand Valley student and Grand Rapids native David Leestma has been selected to participate in the nationally competitive 2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for intensive summer language study. An international relations major with Arabic and Middle East studies minors, Leestma will further hone his Arabic language skills while abroad.
Alumna to Study Arabic With State Department Scholarship Grand Valley State University alumna Aubrey McMahan has been selected for a prestigious nationally competitive scholarship offered through the U.S. Department of State. McMahan will spend summer 2013 in Oman studying Arabic through the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. She is one of approximately 600 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who earned a scholarship from the CLS program in 2013. As part of the program, McMahan will spend between seven and 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in Oman.
Grand Valley grad receives U.S. Department of State Scholarship Recent Grand Valley graduate Sandra Braden has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship issued by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Braden is among 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to receive a scholarship, from more than 5,200 applications from all 50 states and a wide range of academic disciplines.