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The Turkish Language

Originating in the furthest reaches of Central Asia, the Turkish language crossed continents to become one of Europe and Asia's most important historical languages with the growth of the Ottoman Empire. Today, Turkish is spoken in the modern republic of Turkey and languages in the Turkic family are spoken across the Middle East and Central Asia. Turkey's fast growing economy and location as a bridge between Europe and Asia have made it a constant center of interest, investment, and study for students and professionals from a variety of different fields.

If you're a student of the Middle East looking to learn a language that will open access to one of the region's key players, a linguist searching for a gateway to an enormous and diverse family of languages, or an aspiring businessperson looking to make deals in thriving metropolises like Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish will open doors and provide a foundation for your long-term goals.

Program Sites

The CLS Program has suspended all summer language institutes for 2020.


Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Isabelle McRae
Turkish 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan
Tucker Boyce
Turkish 2017
Baku, Azerbaijan
Rebecca Mueller
Turkish 2014
Bursa, Turkey

Turkish Stories

Isabelle McRae

After graduating from high school in 2012, Isabelle McRae traveled to Turkey on a whim and was captivated by the culture and language. She spent many months volunteering in villages, hiking, and exploring. Because of her experiences in the Caucasus, she knew she wanted to study in a field that...

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Posted March 10, 2020


Announcing Selection for the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 summer competition. Congratulations to all the finalists and alternates who participated in the application for the CLS Program this summer.

Finalists for the 2020 CLS Program were selected from a diverse pool of nearly 5,000...

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Posted February 27, 2020


Announcing the 2020 CLS Application - Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The...

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Posted September 12, 2019