1st & 2nd-Year Persian in Arizona

First-Year Persian (Farsi) [apply]
Students with no previous experience learn to understand Iranian culture and to speak Persian at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, preparing them to participate in elementary activities in CLI's Summer in Samarqand program.

Second-Year Persian (Farsi) [apply]
Students solidify their command of Persian and raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the Intermediate Low level or better. Graduates can interact in day-to-day life in Persian-speaking environments with ease and comfort, preparing them to take full advantage of all aspects of CLI's Summer in Samarqand program.

May 31 to July 15, 2016

8 credits of SLC 194

8 credits of SLC 294


  • Open to ASU and Non-ASU students
  • Open to non-U.S. students who hold student visas
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to working professionals and teachers and to retirees
  • Open to Phoenix-area high-school juniors and seniors
  • Second-Year courses require completion of a placement test

Arizona State University is a large, metropolitan university. The main campus, housing 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. Anchored on one end by gleaming office towers and on the other by the university, with a mix of eccentric and upscale establishments, Mill Avenue caters to both international students and international businesses. 

Palo Verde East DormitoryHOUSING
CLI offers language-segregated on-campus housing in the Palo Verde East dormitory (PVE).

PVE offers double-occupancy rooms for $16.50/day. This includes utilities, internet, and basic cable. Two rooms share a pass-through bathroom.

PVE offers single-occupancy rooms for $30.75/day. PVE singles are identical to doubles, but with only one occupant. They share a pass-through bathroom and have two sets of furniture.

Bed linens are available for an additional one-time $20 charge.

PVE has kitchens on each floor, but they are shared among all residents of the hall and the CLI language clubs, so participants should not rely on them for their meals.

Each floor of PVE has a free-of-charge laundry room.

Microfridge/microwave units are available for rent.

CLI participants may eat on campus or may make their own meal arrangements. ASU offers pay-as-you-go summer dining in Barrett Honors Hall or the food court in the student union. (See Memorial Union Businesses Map for details on food-court options.)

CLI students are not required to live in PVE or to eat on campus. Summer sublets are generally available near the ASU campus. Price and quality vary. CLI does not assist with off campus housing arrangements.

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



Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $900 for superior applicants to study Persian in CLI-Arizona.

ASU students, non-ASU students, teachers, and other non-students are eligible to apply for this funding.


Program Fee:

CLI charges a flat fee of $1,000 for its Tempe-based courses, regardless of number of credits taken.

This fee covers academics only. It does not cover room, board, travel, study abroad, books, or insurance.

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