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All members of CLSAS are alumni of the U.S. State Department-funded Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. The CLS program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education and is an intensive language learning and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

The Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Society (CLSAS) provides alumni with avenues for professional development, community engagement, and language retention. The association serves as an advocate for the continued advancement of critical language studies and cultural exchange in the US and abroad.

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