Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)


Bangla Language institute is the home of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. The CLS program is created by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State. From 2006 to 2012 the CLS program at IUB was administered by CAORC (Council of American Overseas Research Center) through AIBS (American Institute of Bangladesh Studies). The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private not-for-profit federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, of which AIBS is a constituent organization.

Since 2013, the American Councils for International Education (AC) has been administering the program at IUB. The American Council is an international nonprofit organization which creates educational opportunities for individuals through arranging innovative programs. These include academic exchange, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs which open up possibilities for everyone interested in exploring the world educationally.

Over the course of ten years BLI has successfully hosted all the CLS Summer programs in Bangladesh and trained 149 scholarship recipients under the name of Bangla Summer Institute (BSI). The year 2015 marks the tenth year of the CLS program at IUB.

CLS is a fully funded scholarship program, which gives US undergraduate and graduate students, opportunity to come to Bangladesh & experience the maximum level of immersion through BLI’s activities. As part of the immersion experience, BLI offers individually paired and gender matched language partners, extra-curricular activities, cultural excursion, student driven projects, field classes and interview with host community members, artists, musicians, journalists etc. Cultural excursions and community activities inside and outside of Dhaka provide a unique opportunity to extend the reach of the language learning curriculum and students’ understanding of the Bangla language & Bangladeshi culture in total.

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Indipendent University


Bangla Language Institute (BLI)
Level-2, Room-2045
Independent University, Bangladesh(IUB)
Plot 16, Block B, Aftabuddin Ahmed Road
Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh.
Phone: +88-02-8431645-53
       BLI ext- 3111
Fax: +88-02-8431991