Monday, April 4, 2022

Study Chinese, Arabic or Russian Online and Earn a Stipend!


CLS Spark!

The U.S. Department of State is launching a new language initiative—CLS Spark! Open to U.S. undergraduate students, CLS Spark provides virtual language instruction in one of three critical languages: Chinese, Arabic or Russian.  Sign up now to be notified when the application opens:

The U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Spark Program is a pilot initiative providing virtual opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS Spark provides American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys, even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses. Selected participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese, or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.

CLS Spark will offer Arabic and Russian instruction for students with no previous experience in these languages, and Chinese instruction for students with one year of experience (advanced beginners).

The CLS Spark Program will be offered in academic year 2022/2023 with approximately 18 hours of virtual language instruction offered per month, as well as monthly cultural activities. Applications will open in April with a deadline of May 26, 2022.

Key Benefits:

  • Full scholarship covers all instruction and a $300 stipend
  • Online language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences over the course of two eleven-week terms
  • Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test
  • Automatic consideration as CLS Program semifinalists for the summer overseas 2023 CLS Program to continue their language study


  • Arabic for students without any previous experience learning the language;
  • Chinese for students with one year of experience learning the language by the start of the program;
  • Russian for students without any previous experience learning the language.

 Advisors and students can learn more about the program at: