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Scholarships for students studying a language



UWL Foundation Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Database

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

  • Must be a member of ACTFL ($45 for a year membership)
  • Includes scholarships for multiple languages 
  • Provides funding for study abroad opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs
  • Contact for more information 

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

  • Funded program for language study
  • Merit-based study abroad scholarship providing intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains and cultural fluency
  • Language Levels and Prerequisites
    • CLS requires at least one academic year of prior target language study or the equivalent (Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced) for Arabic and Russian.
    • At least two academic years of prior target language study or the equivalent (Intermediate and Advanced only) are required for Chinese and Japanese.

Boren Awards

  • Provide funding opportunities to study less commonly taught languages and underrepresented in study abroad
  • Represents a pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena
  • Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation

ROTC cadets and critical languages

  • The Army will pay up to $250 for every credit in a critical language
  • Cadets receive money upon completion of the class with a passing grade
  • Critical languages offered at UWL: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian

Members of Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society)


International Education and Engagement (IEE) provides a list of scholarships available to students who study abroad during their time at UWL.