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 Now Open!

The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) summer 2020 program and funding applications are now open! Please visit individual program pages for detailed information and to apply.

CLI News/Events

October 22, 2019

Katarzyna Winiarska is a Polish public historian, nominee for the Polin Award, and curator of the Virtual Museum of the Jews in Białowieża. All her rich and varied work has a single goal: to recover and include the memory of local... more

Time: 6:00 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Barrett Theater in Vista del Sol, 701 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
October 23, 2019

The Truth About Killer Robots (HBO, 2018) is a documentary film by director Maxim Pozdorovkin.  Described by The Guardian as the year's most terrifying documentary, this film examines how automation... more

Time: 6:30 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus, Coor Hall, room 120, 975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe
October 25, 2019

A Melikian Center Partnership Event with the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD).

A MCCD Faculty Development Program - A Cold War: Past and Present.

Phoenix-area faculty and other experts working on the... more

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM Location: An MCCD location TBD