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.

Download a flyer for the CLS 2022 summer program here. The appli­ca­tion for this oppor­tu­ni­ty will close on Novem­ber 16, 2021.

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 at

Complete details online at – applications are due November 16, 2021.

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