Critical Languages Institute


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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.

In 2021, the CLI languages are Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Hebrew, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek.

The CLI 2021 application, and scholarship applications, opened on October 1, 2020. The deadline for all CLI funding applications is January 25th, 2021. We will look to make scholarship awards in mid-February.

The admissions deadline has been extended until May 15, 2021 for the following programs: Albanian (year 1), Armenian, (year 1 and 2), Hebrew, Kazakh (all), Macedonian (all), Russian (year 1 and Bishkek and St. Petersburg-based programs only), Turkish (year 1), Ukrainian (year 1), Uzbek (year 1 and 2). Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. All other CLI programs will continue to accept applications until May 1, 2021.

For updates on CLI 2021, please see here.

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. For information on CLI 2021 program dates and estimated costs, please visit the individual language pages.

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!

Please click here to add your email to our CLI 2021 update list. In addition to updating our website, we will use this email list to keep people informed about key application and scholarship dates and decisions about CLI 2021.

If you have any questions, please email or call us at (480) 965-4188.

CLI 2021 Information Sessions

We will be holding one final 2021 info session, via Zoom. Please join us at our director Dr. Irina Levin's Zoom room at: 

  • Wednesday, April 14, 10am MST/1pm EDT

*Please note the time change! Arizona (with the exception of Navajo Nation) does not observe daylight savings!

If you cannot make either, reach out to us at to schedule a time to talk!

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