Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program application for 2022 is open now until November 16, 2021 at 8:00pm EST.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the CLS program 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, including Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. The CLS programs in India are operated by the American Institute of Indian Studies.
The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.
The American University in Cairo and the College of Charleston have recently partnered on a new academic cooperation and student exchange program for both undergraduate and graduate students for a period of five years.
Students from AUC and CofC will receive a scholarship to spend a semester or year abroad at the other institution, providing students with a unique international experience and strengthening East-West cultural ties.
AUC Trustee Jonathan Wolf (YAB ’75), founder and president of Wendover Housing Partners, LLC who was a study-abroad student at AUC, and his wife Nancy were instrumental in making this program a reality. They will provide funds for AUC students to spend a semester or year abroad at CofC, while Hilton and Catherine Smith, who serve on the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs advisory board, will fund CofC students to study at AUC.
Madison McCormick was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship Program for 2019. She is an intelligent and hard working student. She majors in International Business with a minor in Asian Studies. She is also a member of the Honors College. She will go to Xi’an, China, for a two-month summer program.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.