The Critical Language Scholarship is a U.S. State Department program that provides funding for U.S. students to study any one of 13 critical languages during the summer. An information session is set for Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Ortega Hall Reading Room, on the third floor.

Malaika Serrano, outreach officer, presents this program on the upcoming scholarship competition for overseas intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical need foreign languages for summer 2011.

The selection process will be administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by CAORC and the American Councils for International Education.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks each summer.

Levels available for each language are as follows:
- Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
- Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, or Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
- Chinese, Japanese or Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply critical language skills in future professional careers.

For more information, visit Critical Language Scholarship.

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