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

Program sites will be announced in the spring.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

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

Azerbaijani Stories

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.


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Posted September 12, 2019

Announcing Application Dates and Changes to the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is in the process of wrapping up another successful summer, and with it we are turning our attention to the fall application and recruitment season. We have a few important updates leading into the fall application season that we want to share with advisors and students as soon...

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Posted August 15, 2019

Katherine Schmidt

Katherine Schmidt is an alumna of the 2018 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She’s currently an independent researcher based in Baku, where she uses her language skills to communicate with friends, colleagues, and in day-to-day conversations on the street. She enjoys martial arts,...

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Posted May 06, 2019