The University of Iowa

Upcoming Critical Language Scholarship info session and workshop

October 14th, 2016

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in a total immersion summer language program, all expenses paid? Please join International Programs for two events to discuss the process of applying for a Critical Language Scholarship. 

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas each summer for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. 

Information Session
Tuesday, October 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Room 315 Phillips Hall
Visiting CLS Program Officer Nellie Manis from Washington, D.C. will discuss the requirements and application process, and a previous CLS winner from the UI will also be speaking. Interested students are encouraged to begin the electronic application and attend a webinar if possible before the session, and to bring questions regarding the process.

Writing Workshop
Tuesday, November 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre
Associate Director of International Fellowships Karen Wachsmuth will provide sample essays and give constructive feedback to students who would like to share their current drafts. 

The 2017 CLS application deadline is November 16, 2016. For more information, please contact Karen Wachsmuth, associate director, International Fellowships, International Programs, Additional information about the CLS Program is available here,

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these events, contact Karen Wachsmuth in advance at, 319-335-1436.