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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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Featured Alumni Profiles

Halcyon Ruskin
Azerbaijani 2017
Baku, Azerbaijan
Chelsea Cervantes De Blois
Azerbaijani 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan
Lon Gibson
Azerbaijani 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani 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


Chelsea Cervantes De Blois

Chelsea Cervantes De Blois is an alumna of the 2019 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and uses Azerbaijani in her research.

Feeling at Home in Azerbaijan

Personally having a mixed...

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Posted April 29, 2020


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