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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!

Program Sites

Baku, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan University of Languages
Oct 05, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

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

Azerbaijani Stories

The 2021 Summer Application is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available...

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Posted August 27, 2020


Announcing the CLS Program Fall Virtual Institutes

Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s Virtual Institutes this summer, we are pleased to announce that the CLS Program will offer further virtual language instruction this fall for the study of ten critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Indonesian,...

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Posted August 14, 2020


2020 Finalists and Alternates

Congratulations to the finalists and alternates for the 2020 CLS Program, representing students from 306 institutions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico! Although the summer 2020 program has been suspended, we applaud the commitment of the students who prepared...

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Posted May 01, 2020