Explore Indonesian 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 while, speaking, studying, and living in Indonesian.

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 Indonesian course offerings at CLI.

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Apply by January 27th, 2023 to qualify for CLI scholarship opportunities.

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First-year Indonesian in Tempe, Arizona

First-year Indonesian in Tempe, Arizona

First-year Indonesian provides beginners a solid introduction to Indonesian 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 Indonesian, 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 Indonesian culture through authentic materials and media, as well as activities in Indonesian and structured interactions with Indonesian speakers.
First-year Indonesian combines 4 hours a day of classroom instruction as well daily informal activities in Indonesian led by facilitators representing Indonesian-speaking communities from around the world.

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First-year Indonesian in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Bali, Indonesia

First-year Indonesian in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Bali, Indonesia

First-year Indonesian students enrolled in this program introductory course will immerse themselves in Indonesian culture while strengthening their mastery of the language through specially designed courses and extramural activities.

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. With a population of 500,000, Denpasar is a modern city with a distinctly Balinese vibe. The city is known for Pasar Badung, its largest traditional market; for its Art Center, the site of the annual Bali Art Festival; and for its Performing Arts School. Denpasar is a city of monuments and statues, the best known of which is Bajra Sandhi, the monument of peace. Denpasar provides easy access to points of interest in Bali, and it is only 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The Bali program makes heavy use of language coaches and activity guides. Coaches and guides work with students in small groups outside of class time to practice conversational skills, to explore the city, and to complete classroom-related extramural assignments. 

In addition to 3 hours of day of language class, students and their Indonesian activity partners participate in at least 3 hours a week of extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: "survival skills" exercises (buying food, negotiating cab rides, asking for directions, etc.), visits to historic sites, and hands-on activities, including Indonesian martial arts, southeast Asian culinary classes, and batik painting lessons.

The CLI Indonesian in Bali program is provided in cooperation with the Ngurah Rai University. Courses are held on the university's fully-appointed classrooms in eastern Denpasar.

Program Fee

The first-year Indonesian program in Tempe, Arizona and 4-week extension in Bali, Indonesia program fee of $4,000* includes: 

  • 60 hours of instruction
  • 3 academic credits
  • 4 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • rides to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

Not Included:

  • international travel
  • lunches
  • books and materials
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are 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 Indonesian in Bali, Indonesia

Second-year Indonesian in Bali, Indonesia

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

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. With a population of 500,000, Denpasar is a modern city with a distinctly Balinese vibe. The city is known for Pasar Badung, its largest traditional market; for its Art Center, the site of the annual Bali Art Festival; and for its Performing Arts School. Denpasar is a city of monuments and statues, the best known of which is Bajra Sandhi, the monument of peace. Denpasar provides easy access to points of interest in Bali, and it is only 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The Bali program makes heavy use of language coaches and activity guides. Coaches and guides work with students in small groups outside of class time to practice conversational skills, to explore the city, and to complete classroom-related extramural assignments. 

In addition to 3 hours of day of language class, students and their Indonesian activity partners participate in at least 3 hours a week of extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: "survival skills" exercises (buying food, negotiating cab rides, asking for directions, etc.), visits to historic sites, and hands-on activities, including Indonesian martial arts, southeast Asian culinary classes, and batik painting lessons.

The CLI Indonesian in Bali program is provided in cooperation with the Ngurah Rai University. Courses are held on the university's fully-appointed classrooms in eastern Denpasar.

Program Fee

The second-year Indonesian program fee of $7,000* includes: 

  • 60 hours of instruction
  • 3 academic credits
  • 4 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • rides to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

Not Included:

  • international travel
  • lunches
  • books and materials
  • personal expenses

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

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Advanced Indonesian in Bali, Indonesia

Advanced Indonesian in Bali, Indonesia

Students will solidify their command of Indonesian and raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the Intermediate High level or better. Graduates can interact in day-to-day life in Indonesia comfortably and to read texts on familiar topics with ease.

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. With a population of 500,000, Denpasar is a modern city with a distinctly Balinese vibe. The city is known for Pasar Badung, its largest traditional market; for its Art Center, the site of the annual Bali Art Festival; and for its Performing Arts School. Denpasar is a city of monuments and statues, the best known of which is Bajra Sandhi, the monument of peace. Denpasar provides easy access to points of interest in Bali, and it is only 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The Bali program makes heavy use of language coaches and activity guides. Coaches and guides work with students in small groups outside of class time to practice conversational skills, to explore the city, and to complete classroom-related extramural assignments. 

In addition to 3 hours of day of language class, students and their Indonesian activity partners participate in at least 3 hours a week of extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: "survival skills" exercises (buying food, negotiating cab rides, asking for directions, etc.), visits to historic sites, and hands-on activities, including Indonesian martial arts, southeast Asian culinary classes, and batik painting lessons.

The CLI Indonesian in Bali program is provided in cooperation with the Ngurah Rai University. Courses are held on the university's fully-appointed classrooms in eastern Denpasar.

Program Fee

The Advanced Indonesian program fee of $7,000* includes: 

  • 60 hours of instruction
  • 3 academic credits
  • 4 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • rides to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

Not Included:

  • international travel
  • lunches
  • books and materials
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are 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

Title VIII

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 $5,000.  Students who apply for an Arizona program with a 4-week abroad extension may receive up to $10,000.  Students who apply for an 8-week study abroad program through CLI may receive up to $10,000.

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.

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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Project Global Officer

Project Global Officer

Project GO offers full funding for CLI programming in Indonesian and Russian. Project GO at ASU is run by Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute in cooperation with the ASU Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC units. Project GO participants study alongside non-ROTC students.

ASU Project GO has a limited number of openings. Participants are selected on a competitive basis. Selection criteria include academic achievement, potential to commission, commitment to mastering the language of study, and leadership potential. See the ROTC website for details.

Beginners study at ASU for 2 months, then go abroad for 1 month.  

Intermediate & Advanced students study abroad for 2 months.

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

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About Critical Languages Institute Language Programs

Costs

Program 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.

Dates and Times

Dates and Times

Russian and Indonesian in Tempe, Arizona:
May 22nd - July 14th, 2023
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 12:40PM

Language programs in Tempe, Arizona (Excluding Russian and Indonesian):
May 30th - July 14th, 2023
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 12:40PM

Language programs abroad:
June 19th - August 11th, 2023
Monday - Friday

4-week extension programs abroad:
July 19th - August 11th, 2023
Monday - Friday

Credit and Syllabi

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

Housing and Meals

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

ASU typically offers double-occupancy rooms for $35*/day, with bathrooms shared between two double-occupancy rooms. 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. Bed linens are available to rent for an additional one-time $45* charge.

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.

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 prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2022 pricing and are subject to change. Once ASU provides us with 2022 pricing, we will update this page accordingly. 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

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.

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