Polish - 1st Year

Polish - 7 weeks in Tempe, Arizona


First-Year Polish in Tempe, Arizona
Students with no previous experience learn to understand Polish culture and to speak Polish at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, preparing them to participate in intermediate courses in the U.S. and abroad.



There are numerous risks inherent in travel during a pandemic; students interested in this program should carefully review the COVID-19 information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including the CDC's domestic travel guidance) to better understand the nature of those risks.

All participants should be aware of the following:

  • ASU regularly updates its COVID-19 safety policies here.
  • Arizona/Maricopa County/Tempe, public and private transportation providers used, and the specific destinations visited on this program may have requirements regarding showing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test or taking additional precautions (such as wearing masks).
  • It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy any such requirements.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may not be able to participate in certain program activities; if those activities require proof of vaccination.
  • Vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements change regularly; the CDC's travel planner may provide more specific information.

ASU is committed to taking all reasonable precautions to minimize our students' exposure to risks related to COVID-19 during their Critical languages Institute program*. Such precautions include:

  • Evaluating all program activities to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, compliance with ASU and local protocols for maintaining physical distance and face covering during all program activities**;
  • Establishing response procedures to support students who receive a positive COVID-19 test during the program, who develop symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

These precautions may change, or additional precautions may be adopted, based on the state of the pandemic at the time of the program and/or the particular circumstances of the program location(s).

*Students should understand that it is possible to contract COVID-19 even if they follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines required by ASU and recommended by the CDC and other federal, state and local government health authorities.

**The Critical Languages Institute (CLI) will enforce ASU's on-campus protocols to the maximum extent possible on this program, but students should understand that all physical distancing requirements may not be enforceable in all program activities or on all modes of program transportation.

All participants in this program will be required to review and sign a COVID-19 Disclosure and a COVID-19 Behavioral Commitment (located in the CLI application). You can find additional information and resources on the COVID-19 FAQs, and CLI will communicate any updated or program-specific guidelines to you prior to travel.


May 31st - July 15th, 2022
M-F 8:30AM - 12:35PM
Classroom: Tempe Campus - Durham Hall 107

8 credits of PLC 101/102



  • 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. 

Housing & Meals

CLI offers language-oriented on-campus housing at one of the ASU dormitories (TBD).

ASU typically offers double-occupancy rooms for $35/day, with bathrooms shared between two double-occupancy rooms.

At this point, ASU has a very limited supply of single-occupancy rooms. We may not be able to offer this option for Summer 2022. 

Participants who wish to live in an ASU dormitory and require rooms with ADA accommodations should email cli@asu.edu as soon as possible. ASU has a limited supply of such rooms, but CLI will work with Housing to try fulfill any such requests. 

Bed linens rentals are available 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, so access may be limited at times. CLI does not provide supplies for kitchen areas.

CLI participants may eat on campus or may make their own meal arrangements. ASU offers a food court in the student union. (See Memorial Union Businesses for details on food-court options.)

CLI does not offer a meal plan for any of its on campus programs.

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.

All prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2019 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.


Program Fee:

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 $1,500.*

*For information about our reduced program fees for PELL-eligible students, please see the “Funding” tab.

Please keep in mind this fee covers academics only. It does not cover room, board, travel, study abroad program fees, books, or insurance.

This fee is the same regardless of language and number of credits taken.



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

Title VIII provides fellowships of up to $5,000 for the study of First-Year Polish in CLI-Arizona. 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.

Apply by January 24, 2022



Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $1,500 for superior applicants to study Polish in CLI-Arizona.

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

Apply by January 24, 2022



The generosity of past CLI students has made it possible to provide a limited number of awards of $500 for students of Polish.

Please note, you do not have to submit a separate application for this targeted funding. If you are applying for Polish, your application for the Melikian Center Award will have you automatically considered for this specific funding.

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

Apply by January 24, 2022



The Melikian Center offers a reduction of up to $1,000 of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell-eligible students. This reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs. Please indicate your Pell eligibility on the general application to be considered for this fee reduction.

To learn more about Pell or to see if you are eligible, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell.