Explore Armenian at CLI

The Critical Languages Institute is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering summer intensive courses and study-abroad programs around the world.

Every summer, CLI brings students from across the U.S. together to develop their linguistic and cultural competency rapidly and effectively through intensive in-person immersion programs. Students live on the sprawling Arizona State University campus alongside faculty and staff or in Armenian while, speaking, studying, and living in Armenian.

Arizona State University is a large, metropolitan university. The main campus, housing over 64,000 students, is located in Tempe, 15 minutes by light rail from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Emblematic of the lively, eclectic atmosphere of Tempe is the city's main street, Mill Avenue.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about the Armenian course offerings at CLI.

Applications are Open Now

Deadline: March 29, 2024

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Course Options

First-year Armenian in Tempe, Arizona

First-year Armenian in Tempe, Arizona

First-year Armenian provides beginners a solid introduction to Armenian grammar and conversation. Students who complete the course successfully will reach a proficiency of Novice High or Intermediate Low.

Students will be able to communicate in day-to-day situations in Armenian, will be able to read and write effectively on familiar topics, and will have a solid foundation for further study or travel.
The program introduces Armenian culture through authentic materials and media, as well as activities in Armenian and structured interactions with Armenian speakers.
First-year Armenian combines 4 hours a day of classroom instruction as well daily informal activities in Armenian led by facilitators representing Armenian-speaking communities from around the world.

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First-year Armenian in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Yerevan, Armenia

First-year Armenian in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Yerevan, Armenia

Students of CLI Summer Armenian in Yerevan immerse themselves in Armenian culture while strengthening their mastery of the language through specially designed courses and extramural activities. This small, flexible program is customized to meet the needs of each participant.

Located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains, with stunning views of Mount Ararat, Yerevan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Armenia. A compact city with a population of roughly one million, Yerevan offers a wide variety of educational and cultural opportunities in a friendly and safe environment. One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is dotted with ancient churches, monuments, and archeological sites.


This program is designed to be customized to each student. Excursion and activity schedules vary year to year, but have included:

  • Armenian film showings
  • The Pharajanov Art Museum
  • Tsistrnakaberd (Genocide Museum)
  • Church service at Zvartots
  • The Matenadaran literature museum
  • Virap monastery
  • The Erebouni Museum
  • Lake Sevan
  • Mashtots Avenue
  • Cognac factory
  • Oshakan tour & Mashtots grave
  • Cascade Museum
  • Martiros Saryan Museum

CLI's program in Yerevan is developed in the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. It is directed by Dr. Siranush Khandanyan of Yerevan State University.

Program Fee

The CLI Summer in Yeveran program fee of $2,000* covers:

  • 60 hours of instruction
  • 3 academic credits
  • 4 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

It does not include:

  • cost of travel to Yerevan
  • meals
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2022 estimates and subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

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Second-year Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia

Second-year Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia

Students will solidify their command of Armenian and raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the Intermediate Low level or better. Graduates will be able to interact in day-to-day life in Armenia comfortably and to read texts on familiar topics with ease.

Located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains, with stunning views of Mount Ararat, Yerevan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Armenia. A compact city with a population of roughly one million, Yerevan offers a wide variety of educational and cultural opportunities in a friendly and safe environment. One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is dotted with ancient churches, monuments, and archeological sites.

This program is designed to be customized to each student. Excursion and activity schedules vary year to year, but have included:

  • Armenian film showings
  • The Pharajanov Art Museum
  • Tsistrnakaberd (Genocide Museum)
  • Church service at Zvartots
  • The Matenadaran literature museum
  • Virap monastery
  • The Erebouni Museum
  • Lake Sevan
  • Mashtots Avenue
  • Cognac factory
  • Oshakan tour & Mashtots grave
  • Cascade Museum
  • Martiros Saryan Museum

CLI's program in Yerevan is developed in the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. It is directed by Dr. Siranush Khandanyan of Yerevan State University.

Program Fee

The CLI Summer in Yeveran program fee of $4,500* covers:

  • 160 hours of instruction
  • 8 academic credits
  • 8 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

It does not include:

  • cost of travel to Yerevan
  • meals
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2022 estimates and subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

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Advanced Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia

 Advanced Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia

Advanced Armenian in Yerevan is designed to help advanced students and heritage speakers reach professional proficiency. Students will develop the advanced communication skills they need in order to become successful intercultural communicators and to function in a professional capacity.

Located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains, with stunning views of Mount Ararat, Yerevan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Armenia. A compact city with a population of roughly one million, Yerevan offers a wide variety of educational and cultural opportunities in a friendly and safe environment. One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is dotted with ancient churches, monuments, and archeological sites.

This program is designed to be customized to each student. Excursion and activity schedules vary year to year, but have included:

  • Armenian film showings
  • The Pharajanov Art Museum
  • Tsistrnakaberd (Genocide Museum)
  • Church service at Zvartots
  • The Matenadaran literature museum
  • Virap monastery
  • The Erebouni Museum
  • Lake Sevan
  • Mashtots Avenue
  • Cognac factory
  • Oshakan tour & Mashtots grave
  • Cascade Museum
  • Martiros Saryan Museum

CLI's program in Yerevan is developed in the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. It is directed by Dr. Siranush Khandanyan of Yerevan State University.

Program Fee

The CLI Summer in Yerevan program fee of $4,500* covers:

  • 160 hours of instruction
  • 8 academic credits
  • 8 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

It does not include:

  • cost of travel to Yerevan
  • meals
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2022 estimates and subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

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Funding Options

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Melikian Center offers both academic year and summer-length FLAS Fellowships. The application for both Academic year and Summer 2024 FLAS Fellowships will close on January 31st, 2024.

The Summer 2024 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) provides eligible students with a $3,500 stipend and $5,000 in tuition during the Summer 2023 semester for funding intermediate and/or intensive study of Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Kazakh, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, or Uzbek domestically or abroad.

A separate application is required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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Title VIII Graduate Awards

Title VIII Funding

The Department of State's Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study less commonly taught languages.

Students who apply for an Arizona-only program may receive up to $5,100.  Students who apply for an Arizona program with a 4-week abroad extension may receive up to $11,000.  Students who apply for an 8-week study abroad program through CLI may receive up to $11,000.

Past CLI Title VIII fellows can be awarded the fellowship up to two more times, for a maximum of up to 3 fellowship awards, as long as they maintain their graduate student eligibility.

A separate application is required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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Melikian Center Awards Program

Melikian Center Awards Program

Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $1,750 for superior applicants to study critical languages at CLI's domestic programs and up to $4,000 towards CLI's study abroad offerings.

This funding opportunity is open to all CLI applicants. High school, community college, and non-students are especially encouraged to apply.

A separate application is required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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Need-Based Fee Reduction

Need-Based Fee Reduction

The Melikian Center offers up to a $1,000 reduction of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell Grant eligible students and non-students with an annual family income of $50,000 or less. This $1,000 reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs. Please note that a limited number of fee reductions are available; not all students who apply will receive a need-based fee reduction.

To qualify for this funding opportunity, please indicate your Pell Grant eligibility on your general CLI program application.

A separate application is not required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The State Department's Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for students in financial need to study abroad, including in CLI overseas programs. Gilman applications require certification of the program by your institution's study-abroad office.  If you apply for Gilman support, please contact cli@asu.edu for assistance in getting the required information to your institution.

Gilman summer study applications are accepted from August to October and January to March. Students interested in this opportunity should apply for the early competition, if possible, since applicants to the later competition will not learn their award status until after the deadline to commit to CLI study. Please contact cli@asu.edu for details on timing your Gilman application.

An external application is required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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About Critical Languages Institute Language Programs

Costs

Thanks to ASU institutional support, CLI does not charge tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for its credit-bearing courses. Instead of tuition fees, we charge a flat administrative fee of $1,750* for all domestic programs in Tempe. Please note that this fee covers academics only; it does not cover room and board, travel, study abroad program fees, books, or insurance.

This fee is the same regardless of language and number of credits taken. In-country extension programs may have additional fees.

*All prices and descriptions on this page subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts. For information about our reduced program fees for low income/Pell Grant eligible students, please see the Funding Options tab.

2023 Program

Domestic

Tuition and Fees 

Domestic Tuition and Fees 

+ 4 Week Study Abroad

8 Week

Study Abroad

Housing 

All Domestic Language Programs

$1,7501*

ASU Housing Available

OR Self-arranged off-campus

All ONLINE Domestic

Language Programs

$1,7501*

Albanian in Tirana, Albania

$5,5002*

$8,5003*

Homestays

Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia

$3,7502*

$4,5003*

Campus Housing

BCS in Sarajevo, Bosnia

$4,3502*

$5,9003*

Apartments

Indonesian in Denpasar, Indonesia 

$7,1003*

Homestay

Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

$5,8502*

$7,9003*

Homestay

Russian in Yerevan, Armenia

$8,7503*

Homestay

Ukrainian in Warsaw, Poland

$8,0004*

Hotel

Uzbek in Tashkent $5,1502* $6,6003*

Hotel

Kazakh ONLINE (taught from

Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan)

$3,000* (international fee)

1:Price does not include books, room, board, ASU student registration, or other incidentals.

2: Price does not include books, room, board, ASU student registration, or other incidentals for the domestic portion. Price does include housing while abroad. Check individual language pages for more information on meals, excursions, and other covered costs. Visa fees and airfare are not included.

3: Check individual language pages for more information on meals, excursions, and other covered costs. Visa fees and airfare are not included. Price does include housing while abroad.

4:Check individual language pages for more information on meals, excursions, and other covered costs. Visa fees and airfare are not included. Price does not include housing while abroad.

* All prices are subject to change.

Dates and Times

Russian in Tempe, Arizona:
May 20th - July 12th, 2024
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 12:40PM

Language programs in Tempe, Arizona (excluding Russian)
May 27th - July 12th, 2024
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 12:40PM

8-week Language programs abroad (most):
June 17th - August 9th, 2024
Monday - Friday

4-week extension programs abroad:
July 15th - August 9th, 2024
Monday - Friday

Kazakh Online program (taught from Kazakhstan): June 03 - July 26**

**Dates subject to change!

Credit and Syllabi

Most CLI programs offer 8-10 undergraduate credits, though there are exceptions. All 4-week extension programs offer an additional 3 credits under the SLC 494 course designation.

Please view your program's course syllabus for detailed information.

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Housing and Meals

CLI offers language-oriented on-campus housing at one of Arizona State University's Tempe campus dormitories.

Students typically stay in double-occupancy rooms for $40* per day, with bathrooms shared between two double-occupancy rooms. This year ASU has instituted conference pricing at $115* per night which overlaps the beginning of our CLI programs.  With this new 2023 pricing structure, housing costs for our 7-week and 8-week programs are as follows:

7 weeks: May 26 - July 13  -  $2105

8 weeks: May 19 - July 13  -  $3025

ASU has a very limited supply of single-occupancy rooms. Participants who wish to live in an ASU dormitory and require rooms with ADA accommodations should email cli@asu.edu as soon as possible.

Typical amenities include laundry facilities, kitchen facilities, vending machines, air conditioning, and basic cable.  Kitchens are usually shared among residents of the hall and the CLI language clubs. CLI does not provide supplies for kitchen areas.  Bed linens are available to rent for an additional one-time $50* charge.

CLI students are not required to live in the ASU dorm or to eat on campus. Private summer sublets are available near campus; price and quality vary. CLI does not assist with off campus housing arrangements. 

CLI participants may eat on campus or may make their own meal arrangements. ASU offers a food court in the student union. CLI does not offer a meal plan for any of its on-campus programs. 

*All housing prices and descriptions on this page have been updated to 2023 pricing. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

Housing options for study abroad programs may vary.

Depending on program selection, students will live in dormitories, apartment-style housing, or with family home stays for the duration of their program. Further details will be provided to applicants via their application portal.

Placement Testing

If you are applying for a 2nd-year course or higher, you must take a placement test before the start of your program. Each language test will consists of a short test or writing sample. Placement tests will be calibrated to account for mid-semester progress at the time of testing.

CLI 2024 Information

Stay informed about the latest information on scholarships and application deadlines.

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