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
"The language studies and the connections I made during
my time at the CLI were essential to my application and
receipt of a Fulbright Grant to complete field research for
my doctoral dissertation. My time at CLI was a crucial factor
in many opportunities including media interviews in
Macedonia and the United States, as well as invitations to
speak at conferences."
"The most important thing I learned at CLI is being comfortable with uncertainty.
Learning new languages and being a part of new experiences can be hard at first,
but it's definitely worth it in the end."
"You will never be made worse-off by studying a language, and becoming fluent
doesn't have to be your end-goal. Just have fun each day recognizing that you're
learning -- that today, you know something about a new language and culture that
you didn't know yesterday. Not many people can say they know a language taught
at CLI, so try it out and take pride in the fact that you really can learn that language
if you're willing to put in the work. " -Joe C.
"Studying Russian provided me with a wealth of unexpected opportunities.
I received concurrent degrees in biological sciences and Russian language,
and my first position after graduation was working in a laboratory at Mayo Clinic.
My work was primarily scientific; however, my choice to pursue a difficult
foreign language as a second major stood out beyond my applicable degree.
Studying Russian helped earn me a career with one of the best medical companies
in the world."
"The most important thing I learned at CLI was probably the value of intensive,
immersive language learning. It really makes a difference in how quickly you
become comfortable in the language." -Logan M.
"No matter what, you will always come out knowing at least one more thing
than you did before. It is really nice to be able to feel familiar with a language
when spoken and to recognize it on the street even if you don't become fluent.
You have nothing to lose in exposing yourself to new things." -Alysse P.