Welcome to the CLI application page
Initial admissions and award decisions will be made on March 1st.
Language applications are currently open. Admissions will be made on a rolling basis after March 1st contingent on space.
Select a language and level below to begin your application.
If you have already started an application, please log in here:
Return to Application
The priority deadline for scholarships has passed. However, applications are open for the Melikian Center Awards program and will be awarded based on need and funding availability.
First-year Russian in Tempe, Arizona:
First-year Russian in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
Second-year Russian in Tempe, Arizona:
Second-year Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
Third-year Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
Fourth-year Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
Fifth-year Russian in Yerevan, Armenia:
Sixth-year Russian in Yerevan, Armenia:
Instructions and FAQ
Step 1. Get login credentials
The Critical Languages Institute utilizes the ASU study abroad system. All students need to sign in to this portal to submit a CLI application. If you are an ASU student, simply use your current ASURITE UserID and continue to step 2.
If you are not currently enrolled at ASU, you will need to use an e-mail address as your login credential. To do that, select Create Account.
Non-ASU applicants should then fill in the requested data to create their account.
Note: When you choose your state/territory or country under Choose Institution, an additional selection box will appear. Select your home institution there. If you are not currently a student or have not attended a college or university, select any option listed for the purpose of creating your account. This information will not be evaluated with your application, and you will have the opportunity to provide your academic information.
Click the Create Account button. A pop-up box will appear. Click OK. In a very short time you will receive an e-mail with your temporary password. Use this password to log in to the ASU Study Abroad portal when you return to your application.
Step 2: Select summer term
Select the Summer 2023 button and then click Continue.
Step 3: Provide required information
Enter your date of birth and mobile phone number, then hit the Update button to continue to the application.
Step 4: Complete application items
Look over your main screen. To access your application, click on the program.
This is what your application page should look like before you begin your application. Unfinished forms are listed under 'Online Requirements.'
Once you finish each form and mark it as complete, it will be moved to a new section below titled 'Completed Requirements.' You will not be able to edit completed forms.
Step 5: Identity verification (non-ASU students)
Upload a scan of your valid, government-issued ID. If you are not a current ASU student, you will only be able to complete your application once you have uploaded a photocopy of your government-issued ID and we have verified your identity. This step is necessary to move forward with your application. The Medical Authorization & Release as well as the Student Code of Conduct both require a verified identity to sign.
If you are not able to upload documents to the application, please email a scan of your documents to the Critical Languages Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 6: Submit your application
To submit your application, complete the remaining items under application requirements, then hit the submit button. Please note that the CLI application is free. You will not be charged for submitting an application.
If you need to leave the application, the best URL to log back in is:
Once your application is submitted, the website will change your application status to successfully submitted.
Your application is considered complete when you have both successfully completed all of the online requirements and hit the submit button. If you have any questions about our programs or the application process, please don't hesitate to call CLI or the Melikian Center at (480) 965-4188 and we will be happy to help you. You may also email us at CLI@ASU.EDU with any questions.
Do I need to apply to ASU before applying to CLI?
You do not need to apply to ASU before applying to a CLI program; please disregard any instructions on the Study Abroad site prompting you to do so.
If you do decide to participate in a CLI program, you will need to submit an ASU non-degree application. This two step-process is not ideal, but it means that CLI applicants do not have to pay an application fee until they are committed to doing the program.
When can I apply to CLI? What is the final application deadline?
The CLI application opened on October 17th, 2022. To qualify for CLI scholarship opportunities, you should submit your CLI application and any applicable scholarship applications by January 27th, 2023.
Classes that are not filled after this date will go into rolling admissions until April 1, 2023.
Do I receive credit for Critical Languages Institute programs?
All students enrolled in Critical Languages Institute programs receive credit. Actual amounts can vary between programs and their duration. View your language program or the resources tab to verify the number of credits that you may receive.
CLI students receive academic credit through Arizona State University.
Where do students live? What should I bring?
Students enrolled in language programs held on ASU's Tempe campus may choose to stay in one of ASU's dormitory buildings. Students are typically assigned double rooms with a shared bathroom at relatively low cost. Students are also able to pursue housing options independent from CLI.
Students enrolled in study abroad programs are housed in a variety of accommodations that vary depending on each program location. Please contact CLI@asu.edu for any questions regarding housing for your program of choice.
Enrolled students will receive a comprehensive handbook regarding what to bring and what to leave at home.
What funding is available for CLI students?
Making language learning affordable is one of CLI's core goals. We currently offer a variety of scholarships available to high school, community college, undergraduate, graduate, and non-student applicants. Applicants are encouraged to review the funding opportunities page to explore scholarships.
Please note that some scholarships require a separate application. Students interested in funding opportunities should submit their language application and scholarship application before January 27th, 2023.
Can I enroll in multiple language programs at the same time?
Students may only enroll in one language course for each given summer term. Students are welcomed to return to CLI to enroll in additional language courses.
Have a question? Reach out to CLI@asu.edu for more information.