Critical Languages Institute


About CLI

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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.

CLI 2020 Application Opens October 1st

The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) summer 2020 program and funding applications will open on October 1st, 2019. Please view individual program pages for detailed information.

CLI News/Events

September 17, 2019

Come hear Melikian Center Faculty Affiliates share their most recent research experiences. The presenters will discuss their topics, methods, and how the work they did this summer fits into their plans for the future. Questions are welcome!... more

Time: 12:00 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall, room 4403, 975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe
October 10, 2019

Fall 2019 Film Series - The Camp

Son of Saul (2015, dir. László Nemes)

In its intimate portrayal of two days in the life of a Jewish-Hunga... more

Time: 6:30 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall, Room 120, 975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, AZ
October 15, 2019

Call for Papers: 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore

[Submission deadline extended*.]

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literatu... more

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