Students who who have prior experience in a language that is offered during the academic year must take a placement test before enrolling in a language course beyond the first-semester level. For information about the placement test and test dates, please visit the department website

To declare the major, students must meet with the undergraduate advisor to review the requirements and discuss course options. Students may declare the major prior to completing the requisite language courses (1st and 2nd semester).

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

Mathematics Complete the University General Education Requirements for Quantitative Reasoning A (QR-A) and Quantitative Reasoning B (QR-B) coursework.
Foreign Language
  • Complete the fourth unit of a foreign language; OR
  • Complete the third unit of a foreign language and the second unit of an additional foreign language.
L&S Breadth
  • 12 credits of Humanities, which must include 6 credits of literature; and
  • 12 credits of Social Science; and
  • 12 credits of Natural Science, which must include one 3+ credit Biological Science course and one 3+ credit Physical Science course.
Liberal Arts and Science Coursework Complete at least 108 credits.
Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work Complete at least 60 credits at the intermediate or advanced level.
Major Declare and complete at least one major.
Total Credits Complete at least 120 credits.
UW-Madison Experience
  • 30 credits in residence, overall; and
  • 30 credits in residence after the 86th credit.
Quality of Work
  • 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
  • 2.000 in Intermediate/Advanced level coursework at UW–Madison

Non–L&S students pursuing an L&S major

Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements. They do not need to complete the L&S Degree Requirements above.

Requirements for the Major

Students must take 32 credits as follows: 1

Introductory Course

ASIAN 100 Gateway to Asia: Special Topics3-4

Intermediate Language Coursework

Complete one pair of courses (8 credits):1

East Asian languages
Third Semester Chinese
and Fourth Semester Chinese
Third Semester Japanese
and Fourth Semester Japanese
Third Semester Korean
and Fourth Semester Korean
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
and Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
South Asian languages
Third Semester Hindi
and Fourth Semester Hindi
Third Semester Persian
and Fourth Semester Persian
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
and Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
Third Semester Urdu
and Fourth Semester Urdu
Third Semester Sanskrit
and Fourth Semester Sanskrit
Southeast Asian languages
Third Semester Burmese
and Fourth Semester Burmese
Third Semester Thai
and Fourth Semester Thai
Third Semester Filipino
and Fourth Semester Filipino
Third Semester Hmong
and Fourth Semester Hmong
Third Semester Indonesian
and Fourth Semester Indonesian
Third Semester Khmer
and Fourth Semester Khmer
Third Semester Vietnamese
and Fourth Semester Vietnamese

Major Breadth


Complete 9 credits from the following course options:
ASIAN 203 Lost in Translation: Western Experience in Asia3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  206 The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  218 Health and Healing in South Asia3-4
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  236 Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters3
ASIAN 253 Japanese Popular Culture3
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  267 Asian Religions in Global Perspective3-4
ASIAN 268 Tibetan Cultures and Traditions3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  274 Religion in South Asia3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  307 A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism3
ASIAN 311 Modern Indian Literatures3
ASIAN 351 Survey of Classical Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 352 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 353 Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 354 Early Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 355 Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 358 Language in Japanese Society3
ASIAN 361 Love and Politics: The Tale of Genji3
ASIAN 367 Haiku3
ASIAN/​AFRICAN/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
ASIAN 371 Topics in Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 372 Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 373 Topics in Japanese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 375 Survey of Chinese Film3
ASIAN 376 Manga3
ASIAN 378 Anime3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  379 Cities of Asia3
ASIAN 403 Southeast Asian Literature3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  428 Visual Cultures of India3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  430 Indian Traditions in the Modern Age3
ASIAN 431 Chinese Linguistics I3
ASIAN 432 Chinese Linguistics II3
ASIAN 433 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures3
ASIAN 434 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  460 The History of Yoga3
ASIAN/​HISTORY  463 Topics in South Asian History3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  466 Buddhist Thought3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  473 Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism3
ASIAN/​ENGL  478 Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization3
ASIALANG 311 First Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 312 Second Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 313 Classical Japanese3
ASIALANG 315 First Semester Classical Chinese for Chinese Speakers3
ASIALANG 316 Second Semester Classical Chinese for Chinese Speakers3
ASIALANG 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation3
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
ART HIST 203 Survey of Asian Art3-4
ART HIST 305 History of Islamic Art and Architecture3
ART HIST 307 From Tomb to Temple: Ancient Chinese Art and Religion in Transition3
ART HIST 308 The Tastes of Scholars and Emperors: Chinese Art in the Later Periods3
ART HIST 371 3-4
ART HIST 372 Arts of Japan3-4
ART HIST/​RELIG ST  373 Great Cities of Islam3
ART HIST 375 Later Japanese Painting and Woodblock Prints3-4
ART HIST 411 Topics in Asian Art3-4
ART HIST 475 Japanese Ceramics and Allied Arts3
DANCE/​FOLKLORE/​THEATRE  321 Javanese Performance2
DANCE/​FOLKLORE/​THEATRE  421 Javanese Performance Repertory2
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​RELIG ST  356 Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment3-4
LITTRANS 211 Modern Indian Literatures in Traslation3
LITTRANS 262 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
or ASIAN 352 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature
LITTRANS 261 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 263 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 264 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
or ASIAN 353 Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature
LITTRANS 368 Modern Japanese Fiction3
LITTRANS 372 Classical Japanese Prose in Translation3
LITTRANS 373 Topics in Japanese Literature3
LITTRANS 374 Topics in Korean Literature3

Social Science

Complete 9 credits from the following course options:
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  103 Introduction to East Asian History: China3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  104 Introduction to East Asian History: Japan3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  108 Introduction to East Asian History - Korea3-4
ASIAN/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4
ASIAN/​ASIAN AM/​HISTORY  246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the "Cold" War4
ASIAN 252 Contemporary Indian Society4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations3-4
ASIAN/​ASIAN AM/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  276 Chinese Migrations since 15003-4
ASIAN 277 Kendo: Integration of Martial Arts and Liberal Arts2
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  306 Hinduism3
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  308 Introduction to Buddhism3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  319 The Vietnam Wars3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  335 The Koreas: Korean War to the 21st Century3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  341 History of Modern China, 1800-19493-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  342 History of the Peoples Republic of China, 1949 to the Present3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  363 China and World War II in Asia3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  438 Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asian History3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  454 Samurai: History and Image3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  456 Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & The Crisis in Asia3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
A A E/​ECON  473 Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia3
ANTHRO 357 Introduction to the Anthropology of Japan3-4
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
GEOG 358 Human Geography of Southeast Asia3
HISTORY 142 History of South Asia to the Present3-4
HISTORY/​GNS  265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan3
HISTORY 336 Chinese Economic and Business History: From Silk to iPhones3-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​E A STDS  337 Social and Intellectual History of China, 589 AD-19193-4
HISTORY 340 Cultural History of Korea3-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​E A STDS  341 History of Modern China, 1800-19493-4
HISTORY 457 History of Southeast Asia to 18003-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
POP HLTH 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice1
POP HLTH 644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease1
POP HLTH 645 Global Health Field Course1-6
POLI SCI 322 Politics of Southeast Asia3-4
POLI SCI 323 Islam and World Politics3-4
POLI SCI 324 Political Power in Contemporary China3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  327 Indian Politics in Comparative Perspective3
POLI SCI 328 Politics of East and Southeast Asia3-4
POLI SCI 346 China in World Politics3-4
SOC 225 Contemporary Chinese Society3


Complete one course for at least 3 credits:
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  505 The Perfectible Body in Religions, Medicines, and Politics3
ASIAN 533 Readings in Early Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 563 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 571 Readings in Classical Chinese Literature1-3
ASIAN 573 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  621 Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces3
ASIAN 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
ASIAN 631 History of the Chinese Language3
ASIAN 632 Studies in Chinese Linguistics3
ASIAN 641 History of Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 642 History of Chinese Literature II3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  650 Proseminar in Buddhist Thought2-3
ASIAN 671 Literary Studies in Chinese Drama3
ASIAN 672 Studies in Chinese Fiction3
ASIAN 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 691 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 692 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 698 Directed Study2-3
ASIAN 699 Directed Study2-3
ASIALANG 401 Seventh Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 402 Eighth Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 405 Seventh Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 406 Eighth Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 421 Seventh Semester Asian Language3-4
ASIALANG 422 Eighth Semester Asian Language3-4
ASIALANG 452 Advanced Japanese through Audio-Visual Media3
ASIALANG 454 Advanced Chinese through Media3
ASIALANG 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation3
ASIALANG 501 Fifth-year Chinese3
ASIALANG 507 Fifth Semester Southeast Asian Language4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3

Named Options

Residence and Quality of Work

  • 2.000 GPA in all ASIAN, ASIALANG, and approved courses for the major
  • 2.000 GPA in 15 upper-level major credits, taken in residence2
  • 15 credits in the major, taken in residence

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is not currently available for this major.  


University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Broad regional grounding: Understand the variation within and similarities across Asia with reference to historical and contemporary cultural connections (people, societies, languages, literatures, religions, and cultural genres).
  2. Multidisciplinarity: Become familiar and proficient with multiple perspectives scholars use to study Asia and use them as resources in their own self-reflective thinking.
  3. Depth of knowledge: Employ relevant theoretical and methodological approaches to arrive at informed understandings of key issues involving the environment, human rights, cultural practices, structures of power, etc. based on an understanding of the social and cultural ties within Asia as well as between Asia and the rest of the globe.
  4. Analytical skills: Critically examine taken-for-granted notions and stereotypes and to inquire into the process of their construction. They will also be able to read, analyze and explain the significance of Asian texts and artifacts (literary, cultural, historical, and popular culture).
  5. Language and cultural competence: Manage basic everyday communication needs in at least one Asian language; understand the relationship between language and culture; and understand how to study a new language and culture and how to advance their proficiency as life-long learners.

Sample Four-Year Plan

This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.

First Year
Communication A3Quantitative Reasoning A3-4
Foreign Language4Biological Science Breadth3
ASIAN 100 (Required Introductory Course)3-4Ethnic Studies4
Major Breadth: Humanities3-4Foreign Language Course4
 14-15 15
Second Year
Quantitative Reasoning B3Science Breadth3
Physical Science Breadth3Communication B3-4
Intermediate Language Course4Intermediate Language Course4
Major Breadth: Humanities3-4Major Breadth: Social Science3-4
INTER-LS 2101 
 15 15
Third Year
Literature Breadth3Literature Breadth3
Science Breadth3Major Breadth: Social Science Course3-4
Social Science Breadth4ASIAN 699 (Optional)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Major Breadth: Social Science Course3-4Capstone Course (Major Requirement)3-4
ASIAN 681 or 691 (Optional)3ASIAN 682 or 692 (Optional)3
 15 15
Total Credits 119-120

Undergraduate Advisor

Rachel Weiss
1244 Van Hise Hall
Schedule an advising appointment in Starfish. You can access Starfish from you MyUW dashboard.

Rachel is the advisor for the undergraduate majors and certificates in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She is happy to meet with students as they explore the degree options, prepare for study abroad or advance through their four-year plans.



The Language Institute provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students interested in languages and international area studies. The International Directions advisor provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Learn more.

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews, and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.


Asian Languages and Cultures is home to nearly twenty faculty whose research and teaching specialities cover a wide range of topics, including traditional medicine in India; the Hindu roots of yoga; diversifying contemporary mindfulness practice with insights from Tibetan Buddhism; human rights in Thailand; Chinese ghost stories, traditional poetics and philology; sociolinguistics and discourse analysis of the Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian languages; analysis of classical Japanese tale fiction, early modern comedic narratives, manga, anime, and Japanese counterculture. Visit our faculty pages for more information on areas of expertise, current research, teaching, and publications.

Gudrun Bühnemann
Fields of Study: Sanskrit language and literature; Buddhism in India and Nepal; Hinduism; Tantrism and Yoga Studies

Anthony Cerulli
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Hinduism; Religion in South Asia; Medical Humanities; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture

Charo D'Etcheverry
Fields of Study: Classical Japanese literature (especially court fiction & its reception and early kabuki)

Anatoly Detwyler
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Modern Chinese literature and history, comparative new media, information studies

John D. Dunne
Fields of Study: Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion; Contemplative Science

Naomi Geyer
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Japanese Language, Language Pedagogy, Pragmatics

Tyrell Haberkorn
Fields of Study: Violence, Human Rights, Sovereignty, Arbitrary Detention, Land Rights, Agrarian Struggle, Historiographies of Repression, Gender Studies, Socialism, Dissident Literature, Southeast Asia (Thailand)

Rania Huntington
Fields of Study: Ming and Qing narrative and drama, literature of the weird and supernatural, memory in literature, depiction of women in literature

Jamal Jones
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Classical Sanskrit and Telugu literature and the broader history of religion and culture in premodern south India.

Adam L. Kern
Fields of Study: The popular literature, culture, poetry, theater, and visual culture of early modern unto modern Japan (1600-1900). Transcultural comics in Japan (manga, kibyôshi, etc) and beyond.

Hieyoon Kim
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Dissident Culture; Postcolonial Archive and Historiography; Korean and East Asian Cinema

Byung-jin Lim
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Korean Language and Linguistics, Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, Computer-Mediated Communication, Korean Language Textbook Development

Junko Mori
Fields of Study: Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Sociolinguistics

Eunsil Oh
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Gender; Work and Family; Feminism; and East Asia.

Steve Ridgely
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Modern Japanese literature, Cultural Theory, Transasian Studies

Hongming Zhang
Fields of Study: Chinese linguistics; syntax-phonology interface; prosodic phonology; poetic prosody; history of Chinese language; teaching Chinese as a second language

Weihua Zhu
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition

Faculty Associates

Jaerin Ahn
Faculty Associate in Korean Language

Erlin Barnard
Faculty Associate in Indonesian Language

Takako Nakakubo
Faculty Associate in Japanese Language

Tianlu Zhang
Faculty Associate in Chinese Language

Language Lecturers

Muhammad Asif, Urdu Instructor

Zara Chowdhary, Hindi Instructor

Jampa Khedup, Tibetan Instructor

Choua Lee, Hmong Instructor

Fatemeh Mirsharifi, Persian Instructor

Janpanit Surasin, Thai Instructor


Students in the ALC department academic programs are encouraged to become engaged in undergraduate research. There are numerous programs that provide research opportunities for undergraduates at UW–Madison including:


Each summer around 200 undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, and others come to UW–Madison to study a language at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI).  WISLI is host to five summer language institutes which offer high-quality courses in 30 less commonly taught languages:

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)
Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)


The University of Wisconsin–Madison is ranked #2 for semester-long study abroad participation among all US institutions, and #16 among all US universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report. There are nearly 60 study abroad opportunities across Asia. Approved UW–Madison programs will allow students to receive residents credit while abroad. With pre-planning, students may also fulfill major requirements on academic programs abroad, however careful planning and discussion with your advisor are key. For more information about programs, application process, and fees, visit: International Academic Programs.

Students may also gain career and professional experience through various internship opportunities abroad. To review opportunities, application process, and fees, visit: International Internship Programs.


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
FLAS fellowships are funded by the US Department of Education and administered by UW–Madison's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two separate and complete applications.

This is the primary campus-wide portal for applicants, current students, and everyone looking for scholarship opportunities on campus.

Undergraduate Academic Awards Office
We help UW–Madison undergraduates and recent graduates pursue nationally competitive scholarships and campus-wide awards for research, service, and leadership—activities at the heart of the Wisconsin Experience. We can help you:

  • Find scholarship opportunities that match your goals and interests
  • Navigate the scholarship application process
  • Review scholarship essays
  • Prepare for national scholarship interviews

Contact us to schedule an appointment​ to discuss which opportunities are right for you.


Boren Scholarships 
Campus Representative: Undergraduates with questions should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs

These scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. (Full list of preferred countries) Additionally, all programs must include formal study of an appropriate foreign language. (Full list of preferred languages). Undergraduates with questions about the Boren Scholarship should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs. 

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Campus Representative: Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards, at

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of the US 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.

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.

Gilman Scholarship Program
Campus Representative: Andy Quackenbush, Advisor, International Academic Programs

The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for US citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy.