Russian and East European Studies (REES) Certificate

The certificate in Russian and East European Studies (REES) encourages students to develop special competency in Russian, Eurasian, or East European languages and area studies. 

Certificate holders enhance their prospects for a variety of scholarships and fellowships, graduate school admissions, and a range of specialized government employment opportunities.

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Melikian Center Critical Languages Institute (CLI)

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.

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Affiliate Status

Melikian Center Graduate Student Affiliate Status

The Melikian Center welcomes collaboration with graduate students across all disciplines of the university. Both masters and doctoral students are encouraged to consider collaboration with the Center.

For additional information, please contact David Brokaw: David.Brokaw@asu.edu

Graduate Student Affiliates

Research Fund Awards

Melikian Center Research Fund Awards

The Melikian Center offers support to faculty and graduate student affiliates to advance their research and professional development. Past graduate students have received awards for field research, conference participation costs, and public outreach initiatives.

As well as opportunities to engage with leaders in their field, present at the ongoing works-in-progress seminar, and participate in the Center’s outreach and training programs, graduate student affiliates can apply to the Melikian Center Research fund for support.

Calls for proposals are made each academic year, and award amounts are generally in the range of $1,000-$3,000.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Keith Brown: keith_brown@asu.edu