Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

Overview

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a fully-funded 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.

Languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

Programs range from seven to 10 weeks, beginning in early to mid-June with a pre-departure orientation in the U.S. Students must attend the full program and participate in all program activities. Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Deadline

  • Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Megan Stewart in advance of the deadline.
  • External Deadline: November 

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at UB (in any major).

Language experience varies; typically, previous language experience is not required.

How to Apply

Students must complete the online application on the Critical Language Scholarship Program website and submit two letters of recommendation.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Past Award Recipients at UB

Year

Name

Award

Field of Study

Hometown

Language

Location

2021

Sophie May

Alternate

French and Political Science

Buffalo, NY

Russian

Remote due to COVID-19

2021

Ashley Cercone

Recipient

Anthropology

Amherst, NY

Turkish

Remote due to COVID-19

2020

Brian Kwong

Recipient

Architecture

Oakland Gardens, NY

Punjabi


2020

Jonathan Bessette

Recipient

Mechanical Engineering

Johnson City, NY

Korean


2019

Connor MacMahon

Recipient

Philosophy

North Tonawanda, NY

Chinese

Tainan, Taiwan

2019

Ashwaq Asfour

Alternate

Global Gender Studies and Social Science Interdisciplinary 

Buffalo, NY

Arabic


2019

Kayleigh Hamernik

Alternate

Social Science Interdisciplinary

Syracuse, NY

Hindi


2018

Jenny Simon

Recipient

English and Linguistics

Brooklyn, NY

Chinese

Changchun, China

2018

Ethan Wolfson-Seely

Recipient

English


Urdu

Lucknow, India

2017

Kayleigh Hamernik

Recipient

Social Science Interdisciplinary

Syracuse, NY

Hindi


2017

Hanna Santanam

Recipient

English and Anthropology

Manlius, NY

Hindi

Jaipur, India

2016

Anna Blatto

Recipient

Social Science Interdisciplinary and Sociology

Buffalo,NY

Chinese

Tainan, Taiwan

2016

Kayleigh Reed

Recipient

Asian Studies and English

Westfield, NY

Urdu


2015

Nida Syed

Recipient

Biomedical Science

Williamsville, NY

Urdu

Lucknow, India

2012

Amanda Buonopane

Recipient

Anthropology

Lewiston, NY

Indonesian

Malang, Indonesia

2012

Breana Limina

Recipient

Geography

North Tonawanda, NY

Chinese

Xi'an, China

2012

Matthew Zambito

Recipient

Philosophy

East Amherst, NY

Turkish

Bursa, Turkey

2011

Jill Ricotta

Recipient

French and Political Science

Getzville, NY

Arabic

Tunis, Tunisia

2011

Karl Sarvestani

Recipient

Linguistics


Chinese

Shanghai, China

2010

Amanda Barbour

Recipient

Spanish and Political Science

Tonawanda, NY

Arabic

Tunis, Tunisia

2008

Sarajane Gomlak-Green

Recipient

Geological Sciences

Buffalo, NY

Korean

Suwon, South Korea

2008

Megan MacDonald

Recipient

Comparative Literature

West Dennis, MA

Urdu

Lucknow, India

2008

Christine Slocum

Recipient

Psychology

Seattle, WA

Russian

Astrakhan, Russia