The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
offers scholarships to American high school students to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
is a scholarship for American undergraduates to study abroad. The scholarship provides grants for students with limited financial means to pursue international study. It is funded by the International Academic Opportunity Act, passed in 2000, and sponsored by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 10,000 alumni of the program have studied in more than 120 countries around the world.