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The Punjabi Language

The Punjab is a vast region stretching across Western India and Pakistan and is home to the Punjabi people. Punjabi and its dialects make up one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, totaling close to 80 million people in cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lahore, and Islamabad – some of the largest and most important cities in the region.

With the growth of the Indian economy, Punjabi is a critically important language in many different professional sectors, including government and non-profit, education, science, and technology. Learning Punjabi will open your eyes to the rich people and culture of the Punjab, which includes a diverse array of sub-cultures and religions, including Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jains.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Vincent DeLaurentis
Punjabi 2015
Chandigarh, India
Morgan Burdick
Punjabi 2016
Chandigarh, India
Adam Matvya
Punjabi 2017
Chandigarh, India

Punjabi Stories

The 2021 Summer Application is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available...

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Posted August 27, 2020


Announcing the CLS Program Fall Virtual Institutes

Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s Virtual Institutes this summer, we are pleased to announce that the CLS Program will offer further virtual language instruction this fall for the study of ten critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Indonesian,...

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Posted August 14, 2020


2020 Finalists and Alternates

Congratulations to the finalists and alternates for the 2020 CLS Program, representing students from 306 institutions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico! Although the summer 2020 program has been suspended, we applaud the commitment of the students who prepared...

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Posted May 01, 2020