New Opportunities: Study Critical Foreign Languages for Free!

Every fall our International Scholarships Team in Honors puts on a concerted effort to get more students interested in two programs fully funded by the Federal Government: the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and the Department of Defense’s Boren Awards.

Both are competitive programs that will pay your way to mastering a foreign language that the US Government identifies as critical to US interests.  These interests are not simply military or defense-related, but also include economic, cultural, diplomatic, and environmental interests as well.  While the competition for these awards is serious, such an award can open many doors towards further international study and future employment. So they are worth the effort of applying—and the good news is you are not alone!

Our team is happy to help you learn about these awards and whether they are right for you. Then we’ll help you shape your application essays to make certain you’re putting your best foot forward. We know this can help because we get results: for the last two years, we have helped undergraduates to success in the CLS program, and they have enjoyed a life-changing experience of learning a foreign language abroad during the summer—for free!  Last year we also had success with two students in the Boren program—one who won and is currently studying in Korea, and the other who was a designated alternate (a very near win, so we count it as a near success).

So come and learn more at our CRITICAL LANGUAGE FRIDAYS, all to be held in the Language Acquisition Center in Agnes Arnold Hall (217) at 2pm. 

  • Friday, October 21, 2pm: General Information meeting on the Critical Language Scholarships and the Boren Awards.
  • Friday, October 28, 2pm: Application workshop for the Critical Language Scholarship (note the national deadline is November 18!)
  • Friday, November 4, 2pm: Boren Awards application workshop.

Languages you can study through the CLS program: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi and Tajik), Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.



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