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The Azerbaijani Language

A language with modern significance in both Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijani offers a window into the rich history and culture of the Caucasus region. Closely related to Turkish and other Western (Oghuz) Turkic languages, the Azerbaijani language is spoken in many of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea, including millions of speakers in Iran.

Whether you've studied a Turkic language and are looking to branch out to another, you're a student of the Caucasus and the former Soviet Union, or you want work in a region of rapidly growing economic importance, studying Azerbaijani will open new doors for you!

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


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Featured Alumni Profiles

Katherine Schmidt
Azerbaijani 2018
Baku, Azerbaijan
Lon Gibson
Azerbaijani 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan
Halcyon Ruskin
Azerbaijani 2017
Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Stories

Andrea Howard

Andrea participated in the CLS Azerbaijani program in 2015 following her graduation from the United States Naval Academy. Following this, she completed a Master of Arts in Science and Security at King’s College in London and a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy as a Marshall...

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Posted March 17, 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