Critical Languages Institute


About CLI

Arizona State University's Critical Languages Institute is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering novice-level courses that start on the ASU campus then (optionally) move overseas and intermediate and advanced courses that take place entirely overseas.

CLI instruction in all locations is practically focused and proficiency-based. Students leave the program with the language and cultural skills they need to function effectively in the countries they are studying.

Understanding that achieving high levels of proficiency requires extended study abroad, CLI provides academic advising and grant monitoring services. Together, these have made ASU a leading producer of Boren and Fulbright scholars.

CLI News/Events

September 3, 2015

Each fall semester the Melikian Center works with potential undergraduate and graduate applicants for Boren, Fulbright, Gilman, IREX, and other competitive award programs. This first session, for which we will be joined by the new director of the... more

Time: 3:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411
September 18, 2015
Karl Edelhoff, ASU Senior Project Manager, Energy Innovations.

Unusual for the Melikian Center, this session led by the ASU project manager for solar installations on the ASU campus, addresses practical solar energy innovations a... more
Time: 1:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411
September 24, 2015

This second in the series of mentoring sessions for fellowship applicants, facilitated by Melikian Center Director Stephen Batalden, focuses on the crafting of critical first paragraphs in grant applications, with special attention to the annual B... more

Time: 3:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411