The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Over 40 students from the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded this scholarship.

Each year, two undergraduate majors, one in Chinese and one in Japanese, are awarded the Katherine J. Lamont Scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic performance.

The University of Colorado has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, to which Liberal Arts majors may be elected in their junior or senior year. (Those who qualify will be notified by mail; no application is required.)

The National Chinese Honor Society College Chapter, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA), is founded to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of college students in learning Chinese as a second language, to encourage them to continue to study Chinese after they graduate from college, and to promote the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture in the United States.

To be inducted into the National Chinese Honor Society College Chapter and receive its certificate, students must meet the following qualifications.

  • Must be a full-time student who has successfully completed five semesters or eight quarters of Chinese language courses at the college undergraduate level, or have been placed in the third year Chinese after the placement test.
  • Must have enrolled in the sixth semester or the ninth quarter of the Chinese course
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale in Chinese language courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale for all college level courses taken
  • Must demonstrate strong evidences of engagement and commitment to Chinese language and culture related in school or community activities.
  • Must preserve an excellent record of behavior in and out of school.

The deadline for submitting the application form to the CLTA Honor Society Committee is March 1. $20 USD per candidate for the membership and the cost for certificate shipping and handling will be collected when candidates submit their application. Upon receiving the applicant information and the payment, the National Chinese Honor Society College Chapter will verify and approve the application. Certificates for accepted students will be mailed to the department/university, and the name of each accepted student will be listed on the webpage for the National Chinese Honor Society College Chapter at the CLTA website.

If you are interested in applying for National Chinese Honor Society College Chapter, please contact Yingjie Li, who is available to help you with your questions or application to CLTA.

The Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS–CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. University of Colorado chapter is set up to recognize our outstanding students, to maintain high standards in Japanese language education, and to promote activities that give students ways to use their language skills on their campuses and in their communities. Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and are recognized on the ATJ website and in its newsletter.

Criteria for student membership in JNHS–CC are as follows:

  • Completion of 5 semester- or 7 quarter-courses of Japanese language study (or their equivalent) at the college undergraduate level. These courses must be either language study taken for a grade (as opposed to audit or pass-fail) or content courses taught in Japanese. Transfer credits from post-secondary institutions other than the institution from which the student will receive the undergraduate degree may count toward these credit requirements up to a maximum of 2 semester courses or 3 quarter courses (or their equivalent);
  • A GPA of 3.5 in Japanese language courses; and
  • An overall GPA of 3.0.

Please contact Professor Faye Kleeman at the Department of Asian Language and Civilizations if you are interested in being nominated. If your record meets all the requirement, you may send an informal transcript with your name, contact information, and a check in the amount of $20 (to cover certificate and graduation cord) made out to AATJ (Association of Teachers for Japanese) to Faye Kleeman, Asian Languages and Civilizations, Campus Box 279, Boulder, CO 80309.