Explore Ukrainian 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 have the opportunity to live on the sprawling Arizona State University campus alongside faculty and staff while speaking, studying, and living in Ukrainian.

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 Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian in Tempe, Arizona

First-year Ukrainian in Tempe, Arizona

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

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First-year Ukrainian Online

First-year Ukrainian Online

First-year Ukrainian provides beginners a solid introduction to Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian, 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 Ukrainian culture through authentic materials and media, as well as activities in Ukrainian and structured interactions with Ukrainian speakers.
First-year Ukrainian combines 4 hours a day of classroom instruction delivered virtually alongside in-person students as well as daily informal activities in Ukrainian led by facilitators representing Ukrainian-speaking communities from around the world.
Students who choose to enroll in this synchronous online course will have virtual access to all CLI events, speakers, and culture nights as well as any additional resources provided to in-person students.

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Second-year Ukrainian in Warsaw, Poland

Second-year Ukrainian in Warsaw, Poland

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

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a city of 1.8 million situated on the banks of the Vistula river. The primary language is Polish, although Ukrainian is also spoken widely. Reduced almost entirely to rubble and ashes in WWII, Warsaw has risen again to become a major regional economic and political center. Warsaw is booming with coffee, foodie havens, and green spaces filled with culture. While still facing many economic, political, international, and demographic challenges, Warsaw is a true case study in resilience. Long a popular destination for Ukrainians seeking work abroad, Warsaw has also been the main destination for the millions of Ukrainians who have sought refuge in Poland, boosting the amount of Ukrainian to be heard in the city.

The second-year Ukrainian program in Warsaw, Poland offers an extensive program of extramural activities. Most are conducted in one-on-one or small group formats with local activity guides. All activities are conducted in Ukrainian.

  • Daily conversation practice
  • Twice-weekly small-group activities, tied to classroom topics
  • Museum visits (small group activity)
  • Cooking classes
  • Craft classes

CLI's program in Warsaw is managed jointly by Arizona State University and the School of Russian and Asian Studies. Courses are conducted at the SŁOWIANKA Language School in the center of Warsaw.

Program Fee

The Warsaw program fee is still being determined. However, this feel will cover:

  • 180 hours of instruction
  • 10 academic credits
  • online talks, excursions, and cultural activities
  • 8 weeks housing
  • insurance
  • visa
  • phone and phone card

It does not include:

  • international travel
  • meals
  • 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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Third-year Ukrainian in Warsaw, Poland

Third-year Ukrainian in Warsaw, Poland

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

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a city of 1.8 million situated on the banks of the Vistula river. The primary language is Polish, although Ukrainian is also spoken widely. Reduced almost entirely to rubble and ashes in WWII, Warsaw has risen again to become a major regional economic and political center. Warsaw is booming with coffee, foodie havens, and green spaces filled with culture. While still facing many economic, political, international, and demographic challenges, Warsaw is a true case study in resilience. Long a popular destination for Ukrainians seeking work abroad, Warsaw has also been the main destination for the millions of Ukrainians who have sought refuge in Poland, boosting the amount of Ukrainian to be heard in the city.

The third-year Ukrainian program in Warsaw, Poland offers an extensive program of extramural activities. Most are conducted in one-on-one or small group formats with local activity guides. All activities are conducted in Ukrainian.

  • Daily conversation practice
  • Twice-weekly small-group activities, tied to classroom topics
  • Museum visits (small group activity)
  • Cooking classes
  • Craft classes

CLI's program in Warsaw is managed jointly by Arizona State University and the School of Russian and Asian Studies. Courses are conducted at the SŁOWIANKA Language School in the center of Warsaw.

Program Fee

The Warsaw program fee is still being determined. However, this feel will cover:

  • 180 hours of instruction
  • 10 academic credits
  • online talks, excursions, and cultural activities
  • 8 weeks housing
  • insurance
  • visa
  • phone and phone card

It does not include:

  • international travel
  • meals
  • 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

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Melikian Center offers both academic year and summer-length FLAS Fellowships. The application for the Summer 2023 FLAS Fellowship will close on January 27th, 2023.

The Summer 2023 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) provides eligible students with a $2,500 stipend and $5,000 in tuition during the Summer 2023 semester for funding intermediate and/or intensive study of Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Kazakh, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, or Uzbek domestically or abroad.

A separate application is required to apply for this funding opportunity.

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Title VIII Graduate Awards

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 $1,500 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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Melikian Center Targeted Awards for Ukrainian Language Study

Melikian Center Targeted Awards for Ukrainian Language Study

Thanks to the generosity of private donors from the Ukrainian community, CLI is able to provide a limited number of awards of up to $1,000 for students of Ukrainian. This award is available to all CLI applicants regardless of citizenship, enrollment status, or level of language proficiency.

No additional application is necessary for this scholarship opportunity, all CLI Ukrainian applicants are automatically considered.

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.

CLI 2023 Information

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