Critical Language Scholarship – Fund­ed language study abroad opportunity Summer 2022

The Crit­i­cal Lan­guage Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram is a ful­ly-fund­ed study abroad program spon­sored by the U.S. Depart­ment of State that pro­vides inten­sive overseas lan­guage and cul­tur­al immer­sion. It is open to U.S. stu­dents enrolled in all degree pro­grams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students both.

The appli­ca­tion for this oppor­tu­ni­ty opened recent­ly and will close on Novem­ber 162021.

Through CLS, stu­dents spend eight to ten weeks abroad study­ing one of 15 crit­i­cal lan­guages (see below) and earn aca­d­e­m­ic cred­it for their work. The schol­ar­ship includes trav­el expens­es, course­work, group excur­sions, and a small stipend to cov­er dai­ly liv­ing expens­es. Many lan­guages offered by the CLS Pro­gram do not require appli­cants to have any expe­ri­ence study­ing crit­i­cal languages.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Summer 2022 languages offered are:

Azerbaijani *
Bangla *
Hindi *
Indonesian *
Persian *
Punjabi *
Swahili *
Turkish *
Urdu *

Languages marked (*) above are offered at all levels, including beginning – other languages require some level of prior exposure; noted on the CLS website

Complete details – applications are due November 16, 2021.

Questions? Contact the UW-Madison’s CLS representative, Mark Lilleleht, at