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CLI applications are now closed, please check back in fall 2020 for summer 2021 applications.

CLI 2020 is online!

Classes are being led by the same exceptional teachers, and offer the same number of meeting hours (online) and ASU credit as in-person classes. We believe that real-time interaction and engagement and individualized attention are key to effective learning, and we believe we can deliver these through ASU's robust online teaching platforms.

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

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.