Critical Languages Institute


CLI 2020 & COVID-19: Program Updates

CLI is going online for summer 2020! We look forward to welcoming students to most of our domestic programs and a few virtual study-abroad programs!* 

On March 25, 2020 ASU announced its decision to cancel ALL summer 2020 study-abroad programs, including domestic ones. In line with this decision, and in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, the Critical Languages Institute made the decision to move our summer intensive language programs online for summer 2020.

Classes will be 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.

Important updates to CLI 2020 programming will be made via email to all current applicants and enrolled students, and posted to this website.

You can apply to our online programs here. If you have any questions, please email or call us at (480) 965-4188.

*See individual program pages for details.

Meet the Instructors for CLI 2020

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Before and After: 6 Weeks at the Critical Languages Institute

Before and After: 6 Weeks at the Critical Languages Institute

About 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.

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.

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CLI 2020 Application is Now Closed. Please Visit Our Page this Fall to Apply for Summer 2021 Programs!

The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) summer 2020 program applications are open! Please visit individual program pages for detailed information and to apply.

CLI News/Events

June 2, 2020

Come celebrate the cultures of Russia and Indonesia!

Russian Theme: Happy Birthday, Alexander Pushkin! The 221st anniversary of the birth of this legendary author.

Indones... more

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Location:
June 3, 2020

What’s in a name? When it comes to the name “Macedonia,” a newly independent country and its neighbor find disputed history, culture, and territory. Keith Brown and Loring Danforth, anthropologists who have worked in North Macedonia and Greece, wi... more

Time: 2;00-2:30 PM MST (PDT) / 5:00-5:30 EDT Location: