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Open to US citizens only
Deadline: 11/15/2023 (Tentative)
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Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 8:00 pm EST

Penn’s Application Process:  While the Critical Language Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to interested graduate students.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Kristyn Palmiotto in Penn Abroad ( 

Contact Information

For graduate students:
Dr. Angie Estévez
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
3539 Locust Walk, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Estévez

For undergraduate students:
Kristyn Palmiotto
Penn Abroad
3539 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104



International (Not UK), Asia, Europe, Middle East


Language Study


First-Year, Second-Year, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student