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Where to Learn Persian in Iran? List of Persian Language Courses in Iran

Sep 26, 2019 in Persian Language

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Are you learning Persian? During your journey of learning Persian you may be interested in advancing your Persian skills in Iran. As a  Persian language learner it may be hard in the beginning to search different websites of universities and academic centers in Iran and find Persian language courses that fit your needs. So we have prepared a full list of Persian language teaching centers in Iran for you. Enjoy!

There are several Persian teaching centers in Iran where foreign language learners can study and advance their Persian language skills. 

Following is the full list of Persian language teaching centers in Iran, known as AZFA in Persian (آزفا: آموزش زبان فارسی به غیر فارسی زبانان). 

International Center for Teaching Persian to Non-Persian Speakers, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran 

International Center for Teaching Persian at Alzahra University offers long-term and short-term elementary, intermediate and advanced as well as online courses of Persian language to foreign students in Tehran, Iran. 

The long-term 720 hours Persian language program lasts 9 months, divided into 6 terms, each term 6 weeks. Daily 4 hour Persian language classes are conducted 5 days a week. This 9 months long-term program includes 3 sections - Elementary Persian - 2 terms, Intermediate Persian - 2 terms and Advanced Persian - 2 terms. 

The price of each term is 1,000,000 Tomans (around $240). 

The total price of the 9 months (6 terms) Persian language program will be 6,000,000 Tomans (around $1440).

Two options of short-term Persian programs are offered at Alzahra University - 1 month and 3 months.

3 month Persian courses will last 12 weeks. 360 hours of instruction will be conducted every working day with 6 hours of Persian instruction daily. The price of the 3 month program is 3,000,000 Tomans (around $720).

1 month Persian program will last 4 weeks with 120 hours of Persian instruction and 30 hours of cultural trips and activities. The price of the 1 month program is $300. For groups of more than 10 people 20% discount will apply. 

One such 1 month summer Persian program was organized from July 1 till August 1, 2019. See the details of the 2019 Persian language summer school of Alzahra University.

No information on upcoming Persian summer schools is yet available on their website.

Persian language online courses of Alzahra University are flexible/on-demand and will cost $5 each hour.

Please note, that the in class courses are organized for women only, while online courses are held for both men and women.

To test the Persian proficiency level of applicants and participants Persian language test will be organized before and after each course.

To apply to International Center for Teaching Persian at Alzahra University it is necessary to submit the required document via email as well as register in the website of the Ministry of Education. After those steps more details will be emailed to prospective applicants by the organizers. Find details about required documents and registration process to Alzahra University Persian language courses

Contact information

Telephone: (+98-21)88044040 Extension: 2359, (+98-21)85692359
Telegram: (+98)9108959648 | WhatsApp: (+98)9108959648
Email: [email protected]

Center for Teaching Persian to Non-Persian Speakers, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran 

Bu-Ali Sina University organizes Persian language courses for international students which may last from 4 weeks till 16 weeks. 

The tuition fee that also includes accommodation and food is EUR 245 for the 4 weeks, EUR 440 for the 8 weeks, EUR 605 for the 12 weeks and EUR 735 for the 16 weeks Persian language course.  

In summer 2019 the center also organized a two-month Persian language summer course in collaboration with Isfahan University.

The center also organized one and two months Persian language summer schools in 2019.

Find details about previous and upcoming Persian language courses of Bu-Ali Sina University.

According to their website the prospective applicants first need to check the exact course dates with the University and afterwards apply for the student visa. Find details about the application process to Bu-Ali Sina University Persian language courses.  

Contact Information

Address: Bu-Ali Sina University, Shahid Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Street, Hamedan
Telephone: +98(81)38381601

International Center for Teaching Persian to Non-Persian Speakers, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

University of Mashhad offers a wide range of intensive Persian language courses.

Persian courses may start from the very elementary as well as from the most advanced level. Persian language courses for foreign students in Mashhad University are divided into 4 main categories: 

- Level A0 - Elementary Persian - Persian letters, sounds, writing and reading skills - 30 hours, 5 days.
- Level A - Elementary Persian 1, elementary Persian 2 and Intermediate Persian 1 - 216 hours, 3 months.
- Level B - Intermediate Persian 2, advanced Persian 1, advanced Persian 2 - 216 hours, 3 months.
- Level C - Upper advanced Persian - 216 hours, 3 months

In the above mentioned link the University Mashhad website mentioned that the price of each 3 months course is EUR 450. 

On another page of the University webpage other calculation is presented for the Persian language classes price. According to this page 1 month Persian language class tuition fee may vary from EUR 75 to EUR 375.

In order to apply to Mashhad University Persian language courses the prospective applicants need to send an email to this address [email protected] and if the application is accepted the applicant will receive an official letter of invitation and will be able to apply for a student visa in Iranian embassies, or prospective students may ask the center to apply to Iranian visa for them. Find more details about how to apply to Mashhad University Persian language courses

Full details that explain all steps of Persian language course registration, visa application, airport pickup, acomodation and food in Mashhad.

Contact Information

Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran
Telephone: +985138804352
Email: [email protected]

Persian Language Learning Program (PLLP) of Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz University Persian language course for foreign students lasts for about 10 months. It starts from the very introductory level and ends with specialized advanced course of Persian language. The Persian language 10 months course is divided into 5 two month sections. 

Persian language courses for foreign students at Shiraz University are divided into 4 main categories: 

Introductory Persian 1, introductory Persian 2 - 260 hours - Price: $550
Intermediate Persian 1, intermediate Persian 2 - 260 hours - Price: $570.
Advanced Persian 1, advanced Persian 2 - 260 hours - Price: $600.
Specialized courses of Persian language - 260 hours - Price: $600.

During the first six months students develop skills and competencies in written and oral modern Persian. After this period students will be engaged in advanced courses of Persian according to their interests, such as culture, history, literature, politics, etc.

The Persian language classes at Shiraz University are conducted 5 days a week, 6 hours a day. 

Students interested in taking part in the Persian Language learning Program of Shiraz University need to fill in this application form

Contact information

Address: International Relationas Office & Foreign Students Affairs, 4th floor, Central Administration Bldg. Jomhoori Eslami Blvd. Shiraz 71946-84471, Iran
Telephone: +98 (0)71-36460430
Fax: +98 (0)71-36286446
Email: [email protected]

Persian Learning Language Center of the University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

The University of Isfahan’s International Cater of Teaching Persian to Speakers of Other Languages offers classes of Persian language to international students with different levels of Persian language as well as in different fields of interest. Among such special courses are Persian for academic purposes, Persian for medical purposes, Persian literature courses, etc.  

University of Isfahan organizes Persian language courses for 1 to 9 months

A. General Persian Courses

- Persian Conversation Courses (1-3 months)
- Persian for Academic Purposes (4-5-9 months)
- Persian for Medical Purposes (1-3 months)
- Persian for Specific Purposes Iranology, trade, cinema, music, and art)
- Persian Literature Courses

1 month Persian language course price: $200
2 months Persian language course price: $371
3 months Persian language course price: $553
4 months Persian language course price: $633
5 months Persian language course price: $724
6 months Persian language course price: $849

B. Teacher Training Courses ()

- PTTC (Persian Teacher Training Courses) for Iranian applicants
- PTTC (Persian Teacher Training Courses) for non-Iranian applicants (two weeks)

Find more details about Persian language course tuition fees.

In 2019 the 2 weeks and 1 month Persian language summer school for international students was organized by the University of Isfahan.

No details about the upcoming summer schools are available on the website.

To Apply to the University of Isfahan Persian language courses the prospective applicants first need to complete a registration form on the website of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) of Iran. After the prospective students need to apply for an Iranian visa.

Find more details about how to apply to the University of Isfahan Persian language courses

Applicants may also check the available accommodations at the University of Isfahan and the  prices in Isfahan University student dormitories.

Contact Information

Telephone: +983137932040
Fax: +983136682910
e-mail: [email protected]

Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute & International Center for Persian Studies at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute & International Center for Persian Studies at the University of Tehran organizes Persian language courses for international students since 1989. Annually more than 1000 students from around the world take part in Persian language classes of this center. 

The center organizes Persian language courses for four main groups of participants: 

Group A - for all foreighn applicants who will need to travel to Iran for Persian language courses primarily. The center will help to obtain an Iranian visa to those who will need such assistance. 

Group B, C and D courses are for Iranian nationals, those who have work permit in Iran or for those students who are enrolled as a student in Iranian Universities. 

Find more details about Persian language course groups.

The center organizes two types of courses for international students:

- 6 weeks intensive Persian language courses. Students may choose different levels to be enrolled - Pre-elementary Persian, Elementary Persian I, II, III, Intermediate Persian I, II, III, Advanced Persian I, II, III. 
- 11 weeks regular term Persian language classes which will include Elementary Persian I, II, Intermediate Persian I, II and Advanced Persian.

More details about Persian language courses.

The timetable of Persian language courses.

The tuition fees for Group A students is 22,000,000 Rials for the Intensive course and 25,000,000 Rials for the Long term Persian language courses.

To register for the Persian language courses at the Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute & International Center for Persian Studies at the University of Tehran the Group A applicants need to consult the following website and fill in the Persian language course registration application form.

Students enrolled in Dehkoda institute Persian language classes are eligible to use the University of Tehran vast accommodation offers in dormitories located in different addresses in Tehran. More details about accommodation during Persian language courses

Contact Information:

Address: # 3011, Dr. Afshar's Endowment Foundation, between Pesyan and Zaferanieh crossroad, North Parkway crossroad, Vali-e-Asr Ave, Shemiran, Tehran-Iran
Telephone: (+98-21) 22717120 , 22716833
Zip code: 1961733114
Fax: (+98-21) 22717118
Email: [email protected]

Global Persian Language Teaching at Saadi Foundation, Tehran, Iran

Saadi foundation offers Persian language courses to international students in Iran. It has a well established ties with Iranian cultural centers in different countries and many students participate in saadi foundation’s Persian language classes applying through the Iranian cultural centers in their countries. The list of Iranian cultural centers.

Saadi foundation organizes different types of Persian language courses such as Professional Teacher Training Courses, Professional Courses, General Persian Courses and Targeted Courses. General Persian courses have 4 main levels for international students - Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate and advanced Persian. More details about General Persian courses.

General Persian courses may last for six or three weeks each level. Each course consists of 60 hours. The Saadi foundation also offers a year long program of 780 hours Persian language instruction. More details about hours of Persian language instruction as well as necessary information about Persian courses

To participate in Saadi foundation Persian language courses applicants need to fill in the application form.

The price for each hour of Persian language instruction at Saadi foundation is 3 Euros. More details about Persian language course fees

Contact information 

Address: # 17, 15th Eastern Street, Velenjak, Tehran- Iran
Telephone number: +982122414393-8
Fax: +982122414382
Postal Code: 1985864449
E-mail address: [email protected]

Persian Language Center (PLC) of Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran

The Persian language center at Mazandaran University offers short and long term Persian language classes as well as courses on Persian literature, arts and history to international students. 

Among the courses offered by the Mazandaran University are:

Academic Persian Language Programs (3-9 months)

Short-term Persian Language Programs (3 months)

Sabbatical Leave Program

Teacher Training Program

More details about Persian language courses at Mazandaran University.

Mazandaran University Persian language course starts from pre-elementary Persian language classes, which will last for 5 days - 6 hours daily and will introduce the fioreign students to letter and sounds of Persian language and will introduce participants to writing and reading system of Persian.

This course will be followed by 216 hours Elementary I, Elementary II and Intermediate I course of Persian language, which will last for 3 months.

Another 3 months comprising 216 hours of Persian language instruction will focus on Intermediate II, Advanced I and Advanced II levels of Persian. 

The final 216 hours of instruction will be fully concentrated on upper advanced Persian and will last for another 3 months.  

More details about Persian language classes and levels.

Depending on the number of students the 6 months general Persian language course may cost from $750 to $3500. Again depending on the number of students the intensive Persian course may cost from $50 to $380 for a week.

More details about prices of Persian language coures at Mazandaran University.

To apply the prospective students need to contact the Mazandaran University and send the filled in application form. Find the application form as well as other necessary information about the application process to Mazandaran University Persian language courses.

Contact Information

Address: Central Organization of UMZ, Pasdaran St. postal code 4741613534, Babolsar, Mazandaran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Office phone numbers: +98(11)35303130 and +98(11)35303132
E-mail: [email protected]