Critical Language Scholarship Workshop

Strickland Hall 219

Sponsored by Fellowships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is a federally funded program that provides financial support for language study. It is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

The languages students can study with the Critical Language Scholarship include:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu at the beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (i.e. no prior study required);
  • Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian at the advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (must at least be in 1st year of study or the equivalent at time of application); and
  • Chinese and Japanese at the intermediate and advanced levels (must at least be in 2nd year of study or the equivalent at time of application.

To prepare students for the application process, the Fellowships Office is hosting a CLS application workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9th, from 3:30 to 5:00P in Strickland Hall 219. At this workshop, we will tell students what these awards actually support, and tell them about the application process. For interested students, there will also be an application-writing brainstorming session, where they are introduced to some of the strategies they can use in generating their initial drafts, and ways to think about the CLS application as a particular sort of writing task with its own rules and baked-in assumptions. An alumna of the CLS program and current MU senior will also share her experience with the program.