Critical Languages Institute


About 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.

CLI instruction in Arizona and abroad is practically focused and proficiency-based. Students not only study a language, but learn to live that language. Specially designed summer intensives on the ASU campus prepare students, even beginners, to function competently in their language when they go abroad. Once overseas, students live and breathe their language; they participate in family life, join sports and gaming clubs, sing in choirs, join theater groups, appear on television, give presentations and make speeches, participate in neighborhood projects, and otherwise actively immerse themselves in the culture of the language they are learning.

Wherever they start their journey, CLI students travel on as multicultural, global citizens, comfortable living in new cultures and communicating in new languages.

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.

CLI’s domestic and abroad programs are extremely affordable due to generous private institutional, and federal support; including a tuition waiver for both in-state and out-of-state participants. CLI charges a flat administrative fee for all participants in lieu of tuition. Private support includes scholarships and fellowships made available by the larger Melikian Center’s board members and donors.

CLI Application Opens Oct 1, 2019

The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications for its summer 2019 domestic and abroad programs on October 1st.


CLI News/Events

November 1, 2018

Totalitarianism, Dissent, and Democratic Institutions series

Lecture - The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

The talk follows the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the a... more

Time: 7:00 PM Location: ASU College of Design North (CDN), room 60, 810 South Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
November 3, 2018

Professor Yuri Slezkine shares his latest book, telling the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin's p... more

Time: 7 PM Location: Changing Hands - Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
November 5, 2018
Jews and Ukrainians book cover art

Please join Jewish Studies and The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies for a special lecture presentation.

Paul Robert Magocsi is professor of history and political science at th... more

Time: 7 PM Location: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix