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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

Rebecca Mueller
Turkish 2014
Bursa, Turkey
Isabelle McRae
Turkish 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan
Sofia Velasquez
Turkish 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan

Turkish Stories

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


Sofia Velasquez

Sofia Velasquez is an alumna of the 2019 CLS Turkish program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She recently graduated from Portland State University, having majored in women’s studies and minored in communication studies. She now works for the Oregon State Bar, where she serves as a member of the Advisory...

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Posted April 30, 2020


Monique Bowie

Monique Bowie is an alumna of the 2019 CLS Turkish program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She’s currently a senior at the University of North Texas, majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Development and Humanitarian Affairs and a minor in French and Sociology. She is planning to attend...

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Posted April 29, 2020