All Language Programs

All Language Programs

The U.S. government offers diverse programs that can help U.S. citizens learn foreign languages. Use the filters below to find a federally funded language* program that meets your needs. Higher education institutions can also apply to host some of these language programs. Learn more about the personal and professional impacts of government-sponsored language programs.

*This list of languages is not intended as an official U.S. government endorsement for any particular language name or spelling, or any particular approach to subdividing a language.

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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Provides up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students with financial need (limited to Pell grant recipients) to study or intern abroad. Students can receive up to an additional $3,000 to study one of 15 critical languages.

Audience:
Undergraduate student
Language:
Arabic, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Program Location:
Americas and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia
Program Length:
Summer, 2 months or less, Semester, Academic year
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U.S. Department of Defense

Provides funding for U.S. graduate students to study in languages in regions critical to national security. *Requires one year of federal government service afterwards.*

Audience:
Graduate student
Language:
Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Bangla/Bengali, Belarusian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (varies by program), Bulgarian, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Czech, French, Gan, Georgian, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kanarese, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lingala, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Moldovan, Nepali, Pashto, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu
Program Location:
Americas and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Program Length:
Semester, Academic year
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U.S. Department of Defense

Provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study languages in regions critical to national security. *Requires one year of federal government service afterwards.*

Audience:
Graduate student
Language:
Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Bangla/Bengali, Belarusian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (varies by program), Bulgarian, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Czech, French, Gan, Georgian, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kanarese, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lingala, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Moldovan, Nepali, Pashto, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu
Program Location:
Americas and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Program Length:
Semester, Academic year
Learn more and apply:

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Is designed for Americans between the ages of 18.5 and 24 years of age. Participants in the CBYX young professionals program spend two months in German language training, a semester in a German college, and the remainder of their exchange year getting practical work experience in the German context.

Audience:
Undergraduate student, Graduate student, Professional
Language:
German
Program Location:
Europe and Eurasia
Program Length:
Academic year
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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Provides merit-based scholarship programs for eligible high school students to spend an academic year attending a German school while living with a host family after a one-month intensive language course. The program is designed to strengthen ties between youth, improve their career skills through formal German language study and experience, and expand their perspectives and awareness of each other's culture, society, history, and politics.

Audience:
K-12 student
Language:
German
Program Location:
Europe and Eurasia
Program Length:
Academic year
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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Provides merit-based scholarship programs for eligible graduating high school students to spend a year in Germany living with a host family. Participants learn German in an intensive course, attend a German school for a few months, and then for the last half of the year participate in vocational training/internships in fields of their personal career interest.

Audience:
K-12 student
Language:
German
Program Location:
Europe and Eurasia
Program Length:
Academic year
Learn more and apply:

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Provides U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with rigorous academic instruction and cultural immersion activities overseas to increase language fluency and cultural competencies in 15 critical languages. The CLS Program is equivalent to approximately a full academic year of language study.

Audience:
Undergraduate student, Graduate student
Language:
Arabic, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Program Location:
Americas and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Program Length:
Summer
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U.S. Department of Education

Provides fellowship awards to U.S. colleges and universities to support instruction in less commonly taught languages and area studies for undergraduate and graduate students. U.S. students at the selected institutions can apply for FLAS Fellowships from their schools.

Audience:
Undergraduate student, Graduate student
Language:
Acholi, Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Bangla/Bengali, Belarusian, Berber, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (varies by program), Bulgarian, Burmese, Chechen, Chichewa, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Czech, Dari, Dholuo (Luo), Dutch, Estonian, Ewe/Mina, Filipino, Finnish, French, Gan, Georgian, German, Guarani, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, K'iche’ Maya, Kanarese, Kaqchikel Maya, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lingala, Tlingit, Lithuanian, Lushootseed, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mam, Marathi, Miskitu, Mixtec, Moldovan, Mongolian, Nahuatl, Nepali, Norwegian, Nuuchahnulth, Oriya/Odia, Other, Palenquero Creole, Pashto, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Polish, Portuguese, Pular, Punjabi, Quechua, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Sesotho, Setswana, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Slovakian, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tamil, Telegu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna/Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Yucatec Maya, Zulu
Program Location:
Americas and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, United States
Program Length:
Summer, Academic year
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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

U.S. colleges and universities can apply to host native speakers of critical languages as teaching assistants at their institutions.

Audience:
Undergraduate student
Language:
Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Burmese, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Lao, Malay, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian/Dari/Farsi/Tajik (varies by program), Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu
Program Location:
United States
Program Length:
Academic year
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U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is a feature of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, which provides an opportunity for some Fulbright U.S. Student grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language study as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. Language instruction providers and duration of individual programs are subject to change and vary by eligible country.

Audience:
Graduate student, Professional
Language:
Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese (varies by program), Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu
Program Location:
East Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia
Program Length:
Semester
Learn more and apply:

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