Turkish is the official language of the Republic of Turkey.

Turkey is a democratic and secular country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage. It is bordered by eight countries including Bulgaria on the northwest, Greece on the west, Georgia on the northeast, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran on the east, and Iraq and Syria on the southeast, making Turkey vitally important geostrategically. 

With over 70 million native speakers, Turkish is the most widely spoken language in the Turkic language family. Outside of Turkey, Turkish is also spoken in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Northern Cyprus, Greece, and other European countries, like Germany, where many Turkish workers and their families live.

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Outreach Programs


Turkish Student Association TUSA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to represent Turkish community on the Arizona State University campus. We aim to promote friendship, cooperation and understanding between the Turkish students and various other student groups and organizations of the university, facilitate and encourage cultural, educational and social activities of Turkish students, deal with issues related to students in general, present the Turkish culture to the residents of Arizona, promote cultural interchange between the Turkish students and other students at ASU through social and cultural activities, facilitate communication between various communities and student associations nationwide. TUSA membership and activities are open to people of all ages and cultures. To become a member, please contact any member of the TUSA Executive Committee. We invite you to tour our homepage and join our mailing list.

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.

Critical Language Instiute at ASU (CLI)

Arizona State University's Critical Languages Institute is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering summer intensive courses and study-abroad programs around the world. CLI instruction in Arizona and abroad is practically focused and proficiency-based. Students not only study a language but learn to live that language. 


One of the hallmarks of our program is startling success of our students in securing prestigious national fellowships, such as Fulbright and NSEP giving them an opportunity to spend time abroad while being instrumental in their securing coveted positions in government agencies, academia, and industry.

The ability to speak another language opens up more opportunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarshipsASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

In the Global Education Office, Shira Burns oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fellowships and Internships