Persian Language Summer School
8 weeks (or 4-7 weeks), from Jul 02, 2023 to Aug 26, 2023
Applications for this course are closed, check out upcoming courses.
For inquiries please contact [email protected]
Check Upcoming Persian Language Courses
Learn Persian Through the Shahname, from Sep 25, 2023 to Oct 06, 2023 (2 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM invites you to apply to the “Learn Persian through the Shahname” online course. The entire course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week. This online course will start on September 25, 2023, and last till October 6, 2023.Learn More
Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Online School, from Sep 04, 2023 to Sep 22, 2023 (3 weeks)
ASPIRANTUM - Armenian School of Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce the upcoming Middle Persian (Pahlavi) online school. Commencing on September 4 and concluding on September 22, 2023, this three-week immersive program aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to proficiently read and interpret Pahlavi texts. Join our Middle Persian language online school and unlock the secrets of this ancient language!Learn More
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing a Persian language summer school in Yerevan, Armenia. The 8-week summer school will start on July 2, 2023, and will last until August 26, 2023. Applicants may also choose to participate in the 4, 5, 6, or 7 weeks program. READ THE DETAILS AND APPLY BELOW.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer, winter, and online school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2023 Persian language 56 days’ summer school will help the participants master skills in written and oral modern Persian, read and interpret Persian texts from different periods, and rapidly deepen their knowledge in colloquial Persian.
Below, in the application form, you may also select a 4-7 weeks program starting from July 2, 2023.
The eight-week Persian language summer school offers 160 hours of intensive Persian language classes for 40 days (from Monday to Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Persian language instruction for 4 hours and after-class lectures, and extra training. The classes start in the mornings, and the schedule is the following:
09:00 - 10:00 - Persian language class
10:00 - 10:10 - Coffee Break
10:10 - 11:10 - Persian language class
11:10 - 11:20 - Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:30 - Persian language class
12:30 - 12:40 - Coffee Break
12:40 - 13:40 - Persian language class (fourth and final class)
During the Persian language summer classes, the following components will be covered every day to foster the Persian language knowledge of participants:
Grammar: Everyday class will cover the main grammatical concepts of the modern Persian language as well as parallels with classical Persian.
Vocabulary: During the 8 weeks course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 1500 new Persian words from literary language as well as words used in everyday life.
Listening: The classes are scheduled so that participants, with the guidance of an experienced instructor, learn the Persian language through songs and movies and watch and listen to the news and other short videos about interesting and sometimes funny topics and stories about Iranian realities.
Speaking: Every day the Persian language classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations, and role-plays about different texts and topics.
Writing: Each day, the participants of the Persian language class will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day, and the homework will primarily involve writing assignments.
Reading: Everyday students will read and discuss political texts, prose and poetry, conversations, and news. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes comprises different prominent Persian authors, daily conversations as well as news of the day.
The students will receive a detailed syllabus of each day’s class. You can find the syllabus on the website https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/persian-intermediate-syllabus The “Learn Persian through the Shahname” course https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learning-persian-through-shahname-syllabus and “Learn Persian through Rumi's Masnavi” course https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi-syllabus may be included in the 8 weeks school program.
This Persian language school is designed for participants, at least 18 years old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian language and deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar, colloquial speech, and literary language.
The Persian language summer school 2023 will have 1 or 2 groups of up to 12 participants each (the ASPIRANTUM Persian language groups during the last five years have usually had two groups with 2-11 students in each group). The participants must have an upper-elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate level of Persian language knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. Below are the descriptions of mentioned levels:
1. Upper elementary level (A1-A2):
You know the alphabet and can read words and expressions sometimes with difficulties; You can write words, expressions, and sentences in Persian; You master specific typical phrases in Persian and know how to write them; You barely understand everyday Persian language
2. Lower intermediate level (A2):
You have a certain amount of difficulty in understanding the Persian language except in very precise situations; You are capable of having a simple conversation in Persian; You understand a simple written text or isolated words in Persian; You still make a lot of mistakes in expressions, vocabulary, and grammar
3. Intermediate level (A2-B1):
You manage to enter into a discussion but do not always find the appropriate turns of phrase in Persian; You manage to express your opinion in Persian and to understand the person you're speaking with; You understand voice recordings (radio, telephone, answering machine, skype, etc.); You have difficulty understanding a person who speaks quickly; You still make pronunciation, grammar, and precision mistakes.
Our instructors of the Persian language have extensive experience teaching students of mentioned levels in one group in a way that all students have a rapid growth in their knowledge of the Persian language. Depending on the number of students, the ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer school may have two groups, where the students will be split according to their levels (in 2019, 2021 and 2022 we had two groups).
Before the classes start the instructor of Persian will send a written test to all confirmed participants and have a video call with them to assess their knowledge of Persian prior to the start of the school. By the end of each week, an interim exam will be organized, and the students will pass a final exam to assess their advancement during school.
ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language schools are organized so that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, professors, and anyone interested in learning Persian benefit from it the most. So everyone with upper elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate levels of Persian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language summer school from July 2 to August 26 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the eight (or 4-7) weeks of 2023 Persian language summer school is April 5, 2023.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
Deadline for discounted fee:
March 1, 2023 (see discount details in the “Participation fee” section below).
The participation fee is:
$5490 - 8 weeks. Below, in the application form, you may also select a 4-7 weeks program starting from July 3.
$4990 - 7 weeks
$4490 - 6 weeks
$3990 - 5 weeks
$3490 - 4 weeks
If you apply before March 1, 2023, and make the payment by March 8, 2023, the participation fee will be:
$4990 - 8 weeks
$4490 - 7 weeks
$3990 - 6 weeks
$3590 - 5 weeks
$2990 - 4 weeks
This price includes reading and writing materials, coffee breaks, welcome and farewell parties, transportation and meal costs during cultural trips, and some dinners with guest speakers.
We will not cover accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, visa costs, insurance, travel costs to Armenia, from Armenia and in Armenia, or any costs of accompanying friends or family members.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
Registered participants should send 100% of the participation fee before May 23, 2023.
Trips in Armenia
- During the eight weeks of international Persian language summer school, five trips will be organized to Armenia's most famous cultural heritage sites. On the first day (2 July 2023, Sunday), the school will start with a trip to the Garni pagan temple and Geghard Monastery. During four other weekends, the participants will have guided trips to Amberd fortress, Lake Sevan, Ejmiatsin, Tsaghkadzor, Bjni, etc.
Accommodation in Yerevan
- Previously, our summer and winter school participants have found great accommodation deals through Airbnb. Airbnb works perfectly in Yerevan, and it is very easy to search and find a proper place. ASPIRANTUM staff is always ready to guide you and help to find the best accommodation through Airbnb. Please also check our detailed guide about how to find accommodation in Yerevan.
- Several scholarships are available to participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language summer school. For details on scholarships, please check our "scholarships" section.
Each summer school participant may find other sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.
- Letter of Invitation
ASPIRANTUM will offer applicants an official invitation letter to support scholarship and travel grant applications.
For questions and inquiries, please contact [email protected] or WhatsApp Dr. Khachik Gevorgyan at +374-91-557978
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
“I was able to improve my Persian in a country that borders Iran and shares many cultural similarities and a lot of history. I recommend the program to any student looking to experience both Persian language learning and adventure.”
Atussa MohtashamPhD student, Princeton University, USA
“Daily Persian classes expanded my vocabulary, improved my speaking abilities and introduced me to some lovely classical poetry.”
Avanti DivanBA student, Princeton University, USA
“I left the program inspired, eager for more, and would most happily return for another summer. Studying at ASPIRANTUM was one of the best learning experiences of my student life.”
Christopher "Carson" ConlonMA student, University of Oxford, UK
“My teacher’s patience and rich background knowledge made each class an exciting experience that I looked forward to each day and she always provided ample opportunities to practice and improve even without us asking, which I am enormously grateful for.”
Daniel WolfeUndergraduate Student, Georgetown University, USA
“All the classes were simultaneously very laidback and very rigorous; I couldn’t recommend ASPIRANTUM more to anyone who wants to improve their Persian.”
Matt GooderBA student, University of Oxford, UK
“I have been a part of many study abroad programs, and this has been by far the best I had the pleasure of participating in. I feel I learned the most in ASPIRANTUM’s course because it was so uniquely tailored to the needs of the students, and connected diverse cultures and history into the language instruction, as well as being located in a multicultural, multilingual, and welcoming environment.”
Reilly BarryAM Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA
Ani Beyt-MovsessInstructor of Persian Language
Ani Beyt-Movsess is teaching Persian with passion, enthusiasm and love.
Ruben NikoghosyanInstructor of Persian Language
Mr. Nikoghosyan has read the Shahname not only in Persian but also has carefully studied the Armenian, Russian, English and German translations of this masterpiece. He knows the history of every single word in Shahname and is going to share his knowledge with students in an impressive manner.
Vardan VoskanianInstructor of Persian Language
Vardan Voskanian has 22 years’ experience of teaching Persian to foreign students in an unforgettable way.
Intermediate Persian Syllabus
Each day’s lesson is a combination of grammar, reading, listening, conversation, drills and exercises. Reading includes various types of materials, from standard and media texts to modern and classical literature, poetry and prose. As a requirement of an intensive course, students are highly recommended to prepare ahead for each coming lesson—review the grammar, read the material(s) for the following lesson and do the homework: composition, listening to the audios, watching the videos and some exercises to optimize their contribution in the class and speed up their pace of learning.Learn More
Scholarships for Persian Language Courses
Boren Awards for US students
The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. All eligible applicants have the option to either apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program.View
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for US students
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.View
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program for US students
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.View