The Critical Languages Institute

Welcome to CLI!

The Critical Languages Institute (CLI) at Arizona State University’s Melikian Center is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering summer intensive courses and study-abroad programs around the world. Although the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has impacted this year's study abroad offerings, it has also demonstrated that learning these languages--Ukrainian and Russian, but other languages as well--is more vital than ever. 

The Melikian Center provides study-abroad advising, grant & career mentoring, and visits by federal agency recruiters during Tempe-based CLI programs. CLI graduates have an exceptionally high success rate for competitive study-abroad awards like the Boren and Fulbright. Wherever they start their journey, CLI students travel on as multicultural, global citizens! 

Thanks to ASU institutional support, CLI does not charge tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for its credit-bearing courses. Instead, we charge a flat administrative fee of $1,500 for all of our languages. Please note that additional fees apply for our study-abroad programs. 

In 2022, the CLI languages will be:

  • Albanian
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS)
  • Hebrew
  • Indonesian
  • Kazakh
  • Macedonian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Tatar
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek

Learn More About Us CLI 2022 Updates

The CLI 2022 application deadline has been EXTENDED! Submit your application by 11:59 MST, April 15, 2022*

*The application deadline for Russian programs in Bishkek and St. Petersburg has not been extended

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