Critical Languages Institute


About CLI

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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.

Rolling Admissions Until May 17, 2019

The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) is accepting applications on a rolling basis until May 17, 2019. *If staying in the dorms, students must request housing with CLI by April 12, 2019.

CLI News/Events

March 27, 2019

Killing the Serpent - A book discussion

To Kill a Serpent in the Shell dramatizes the final year of Tsarevna Sofia’s regency, interrogating Russia’s history while subtly confronting the Ru... more
Time: 3:00 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Computing Commons, room 120,
March 28, 2019

Deceptions film series - The Melikian Center's Spring 2019 film series foregrounds tales of trickery and illusion.  American, Finnish, Bosnian and Polish directors poke fun at... more

Time: 6:30 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Computing Commons, room 120, 501 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281
April 5, 2019

Global Forum - Linking Shanghai and Beijing across Eurasia to Constantinople and the West, the Silk Roads were for... more

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center, 2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281