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 2022, the CLI languages will be Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Hebrew, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek.

Please click here to view a website on our alumni and on the history of CLI.

The CLI 2022 application will open on October 4, 2022.

For updates on CLI 2022, 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 2022 program dates and estimated costs, please visit the individual language pages. Please note that we are working to keep these updated with the most accurate information we have available.

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 2022 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 2022.

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

The CLI Experience

The CLI Experience