University of Iowa

Critical Language Scholarships for Undergraduates and Graduates


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 fully-funded program held in country includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains equivalent to one year of college language instruction.

U.S. Citizens; Undergraduate or Graduate level--must be enrolled at time of application. All disciplines.

Deadline: Mid-November

Duration: 8-10 Weeks (Summer Intensive Program)

Featured CLS Winner

Critical Language Scholarship overview from Alex Bare, University of Iowa graduate. Alex’s success with CLS helped him win a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Colombia.

Summer Language Institutes

Eligible Languages and Levels

No prior study required:

Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

One year of prior study:

Arabic, Persian, Portuguese

Two years of prior study:

Chinese, Japanese, Russian

Additional Resources

For more information about applying for a CLS, please make an appointment with Dr. Karen Wachsmuth by completing and returning the Preliminary Application Form to