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Updated 11/18/15

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Intensive Summer Language Study Grant

The Offices of the Provost, President and Dean of the College are continuing the competitive pilot program to support intensive summer language study by Smith students. Priority will be given for the study of non-European languages. The application and information for funding under this program is available on the Class Deans' webpage at


CASA (Center for Arabic Study Abroad at Harvard University)
Cambodia Summer
Critical Language Scholarships
Freie Universität Berlin
National Flagship Language Program
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

CASA (Center for Arabic Study Abroad at Harvard University)

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CASA offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. Applicants to the various CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and with a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. Our website provides detailed information regarding the various aspects of the CASA programs. We welcome you to visit the site and learn more about the exciting programs CASA offers. If you have questions after reviewing the site, please contact the CASA administrative office located at Harvard University.

Cambodia Summer

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The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, offers five Junior Fellowship awards for a period of two months beginning on July 1. Junior fellows will be based in Siem Reap, near the historical complex of Angkor, where CKS has its headquarters, library and conference facilities. The objective of the program is to introduce young United States undergraduate students to Cambodia and Khmer civilization, history and culture.

Some knowledge of Cambodia and/or Southeast Asia is desirable but not necessary. The Junior Fellows will attend: (a) Khmer language classes for 6 hours/week; (b) at least one weekly seminar on Khmer history, culture and civilization organized by CKS; (c) field trip(s) in the vicinity of Siem Reap; and (d) a study trip to the Cambodian capital city, Phnom Penh. Fellows will also be expected to: (e) interact with French and Cambodian Junior fellows; (f) conduct and write up a research project on a topic of their own choice (20 pages maximum; including a critical bibliography); and (g) present their research to their peers at the end of the two month program. To foster connections to the local community, volunteer opportunities can be arranged.

Junior Fellow awards include round trip airfare from the United States to Cambodia, food, local transportation and books. CKS covers accommodation, tuition and field/study trips. In addition, Junior Fellows have access to CKS's resources in Siem Reap, including the library, Internet and lecture/presentation facilities. Expect for the study trip to the capital city, Junior Fellows are expected to remain in Siem Reap for the two months and will be under the responsibility of CKS's Summer Fellowship Program Director.

Application Eligibility and Requirements:

Candidates must be registered as undergraduate students in a United States university at the time of application and must hold United States citizenship.

Applicants should provide the following, preferably electronically:
1. Two page statement of research topic outlining area of interest and intended learning outcomes in Cambodia
2. List of relevant completed courses
3. Scanned university transcripts with cumulative GPA
4. Two recommendations from professors (can be submitted electronically directly from professor)
5. Brief description of the applicant's overseas experiences and extra-curriculum activities

For further information or to submit an application, please contact:
The Center for Khmer Studies Summer Fellowship Program
Lesley Perlman
PO Box 9380 - Wat Damnak
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Critical Language Scholarships

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The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers the availability of overseas scholarships for intensive summer language institutes in critical need foreign languages.

Languages offered change from year to year. For 2009 they were: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. This list can change from year to year.

The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers in any field.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Sample Programs offered in 2009:

Beginning Arabic in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia
Intermediate and Advanced Arabic in Yemen
Beginning and Intermediate Bangla in Bangladesh
Intermediate and Advanced Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu, and all levels of Punjabi in India
Beginning and Intermediate Turkish in Turkey


All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be either currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate* or graduate level or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no more than 2 years before applying. Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, science, the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters). The U.S. Department of State and CAORC welcome all eligible applications and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.


Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered in 2009 for Azerbaijani, Russian, Chinese or Persian). Latest Program details and the on-line application are available on our website, www.CLScholarship.org.

Grant benefits:

All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the CLS Program and application process at www.CLScholarship.org

FUBiS: Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University

FUBiS is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. Sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter.

FUBiS offers intensive and semi-intensive German language classes at up to five different proficiency levels, and subject classes on various topics. Most classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty.

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National Flagship Language Program

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The National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) offers advanced training in target languages to reach professional working proficiency. Applicants must have a minimum proficiency in the language they are applying for, and must have completed their undergraduate degree by the start of the program. Boren Scholars are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The target languages are Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian.

The program covers all academic expenses, including travel costs and a stipend for living expenses (varies by program). The program is structured in two one-year components. The first is intensive language study at a domestic flagship institution. The second year is spent in an immersion program overseas. In rare cases of exceptional language ability, the first year can be bypassed. Participants in this program may not pursue a graduate degree concurrently.

The NFLP has a service agreement of two years (or duration of support) in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or Intelligence, preferably using their language skills.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

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The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is a new undergraduate scholarship opportunity beginning the summer of 2007. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, SEASSI will offer 20 scholarships to undergraduates to attend an intensive summer language program offering instruction in nine languages of Southeast Asia: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Summer 2007 programs will be held on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus; program dates are June 18 through August 10, 2007. Students receive two semesters of academic credit for language study at SEASSI. The scholarship provides payment of tuition, fees, and an $1,800 living stipend for the 8-week SEASSI program. A very modest travel supplement, up to $200 depending on the student's travel expenses, may also be included in the scholarship.

Applicants will be judged by their commitment to a career relating to Southeast Asia or involving the language being studied, academic performance, appropriateness of the applicants' chosen program of academic study and experience to meet their stated goals, and fit with SEASSI program as determined by language and level of language proposed to be studied.

These awards are meant to strengthen the U.S. national capacity for Southeast Asia area specialists, and foster the development of new scholars in Southeast Asian studies.

The application deadline is mid-April, and the award announcements are made by May 1.