Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Students in the Nihongo Hausu (Japanese House) enjoying dinner.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications will be due November 16, 2016 by 8:00 pm EST.

The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the Japanese Government’s 2017 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program are now available!

The online application is available here: The deadline is Friday,November 18th. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your students and colleagues!

We will also be holding a JET Program Information Session on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM in downtown Chicago (737 N. Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor – please note the entrance to the building is on Chicago Avenue). JET Program Staff and Alumni will be on hand to discuss living and working in Japan as a JET and how to be a successful applicant. The Information Session is open to anyone, and no registration is needed.

The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for US students planning to study abroad in world regions critical to US interests, including Asia.

UW-Madison Campus Application Deadline for Boren Undergraduate Scholarship: December 2, 2016
The Luce Scholars Program provides a year’s internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 4pm Oct/03/2016
For questions:

Princeton in Asia. PiA's mission is to promote good will and understanding and to facilitate in everyway the free interchange of the best ideals in civilizations of both East and West. For the 2017=18 fellowship cycle, PiA will offer 130 fellowships in 21 Asian countries in the following fields: access to education; access to information; economic development; environmental sustainability; public health; social justice. No prior Asia experience required. Applications due November 11, 2016. For more information visit:
Peace Corps @ UW-Madison. Fall Semester Advising: Walk-in Hours with UW Campus Recruiter in 105 Red Gym. Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-3 pm. Come in to chat with the Campus Recruiter about Peace Corps, open positions, and navigating the application Porcess. Contact information: