Check Upcoming Persian Language Courses
Learn Persian Through the Shahname, from Sep 20, 2021 to Oct 01, 2021 (2 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through the Shahname” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week. This online course will start on September 20, 2021, and last till October 1, 2021.Learn More
Persian Language Semester, from Aug 22, 2021 to Dec 10, 2021 (16 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing a 16 weeks Persian language semester in Yerevan, Armenia. The 16 weeks Persian language school will start on August 22, 2021 and will last till December 10, 2021 (111 days, 320 hours of Persian language instruction).Learn More
Introduction to the Iranian languages, from Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 02, 2021 (2 weeks)
This brief yet comprehensive course is intended to introduce the Iranian languages, their grammar, history, politics, geography, genetic relationships, etymology, etc. During the two weeks (25 hours) of the course, students will acquire a solid foundation in Iranian linguistics, get familiar with separate Iranian languages (such as Persian, Tajiki, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi, Talyshi, etc.), learn the etymology of numerous interesting words, and eventually, get helpful instructions in case they want to pursue their studies further.Learn More
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing Persian language summer school in Yerevan, Armenia. The 8 weeks Persian language summer school will start on July 4, 2021 and will last till August 28, 2021. Applicants may also choose to participate in 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 weeks’ program.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer and winter school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2021 Persian language 56 days’ summer school will help the participants to master skills in written and oral modern Persian, to read and interpret Persian texts from different periods as well as to rapidly deepen their knowledge in colloquial Persian.
Below, in the application form you may select also 3-7 weeks program starting from July 4, 2021
The 8 weeks Persian language summer school offers 160 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 40 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Persian language instruction for 4 hours as well as after class lectures and extra trainings. 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)
Once a week the Persian language classes will be followed by a lecture in Persian language about Iranian linguistics, literature, political realities and history.
During the Persian language summer classes the following components will be covered every day to foster the Persian language knowledge of participants:
Grammar: Every day class will cover the main grammatical concepts of 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 in a way that participants with the guidance of an experienced instructor learn the Persian language through songs and movies as well as watching and listening to 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: Every day 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. Currently only 4 weeks of the main program are available on the website https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/persian-intermediate-syllabus as well as the full programs of 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 that may be included in the 8 weeks school. During the coming weeks the syllabus of all 8 weeks will be available on the website.
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, deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar, colloquial speech and literary language.
The Persian language summer school 2021 will have 1 or 2 groups of up to 12 participants each (the ASPIRANTUM Persian language groups during the last 2 years have usually had 2 groups with 2-11 students in each group). The participants must have upper elementary, lower intermediate and intermediate level of Persian language knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. We do not offer beginner classes or advanced classes of Persian language. 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 certain 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 of 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 Persian language have an extensive experience to teach students of mentioned levels in one group in a way that all students have a rapid growth in their knowledge of Persian language. Depending on the number of students, the ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer school may have 2 groups, where the students will be split according to their levels (in 2019 we had 2 groups).
Before the classes start the instructor of Persian will send a written test to all confirmed participants as well as will have a video call with all of 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 at the end of the school the students will pass a final exam to assess their advancement during the school.
ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language schools are organized in a way that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professors as well as 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 4 till August 28 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the 8 weeks 2020 Persian language summer school is April 30, 2021.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
Deadline for discounted fee:
March 10, 2020 (see discount details in the “Participation fee” section below).
The participation fee is:
$4960 - 8 weeks. Below, in the application form you may select also 3-8 weeks program starting from July 4
$4480 - 7 weeks
$3900 - 6 weeks
$3300 - 5 weeks
$2640 - 4 weeks
$1980 - 3 weeks
If you apply before March 10, 2021 and make the payment by March 15, 2021 the participation fee will be:
$4760 - 8 weeks
$4290 - 7 weeks
$3720 - 6 weeks
$3130 - 5 weeks
$2480 - 4 weeks
$1830 - 3 weeks
This price includes reading and writing materials, coffee breaks, welcome and farewell parties, transportation and meal costs during cultural trips, 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, 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 June 10, 2021 online or via a wire bank transfer.
Trips in Armenia
During the 8 weeks international Persian language summer school 5 trips will be organized to the most popular cultural heritage sites of Armenia. On the first day (4 July 2021, Sunday) the school will start with a trip to the Garni pagan temple and Geghard Monastery. During 4 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 an accommodation in Yerevan.
There are several scholarships available to participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language summer school. For details on scholarships, please check our "scholarships" section.
Each participant of the summer school may find other sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.
Letter of Invitation
ASPIRANTUM will provide applicants with an official letter of invitation to support scholarship and travel grant applications.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
“The classes are intense but the quality of instruction is excellent and the curriculum is structured such that its beneficial to students with a wide range of academic focuses whether that be cultural, political, historical, etc.”
Asha SawhneyBA student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, USA
“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
“The course met and exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I’m so happy to able to have gone from a very basic Persian knowledge to be able to communicate fluidly in many situations and to have a much better reading and writing competence.”
Gwennan HighamFaculty Member, Swansea University, UK
“My expectations were not just met but vastly exceeded. I would highly recommend ASPIRANTUM’s Persian Language summer school as well as the other language schools organized by them.”
Jeremy AllenBA student, McGill University, Canada
“I participated in the three weeks program of the Persian summer school, and I can say truly that I had a great experience - educational and social. In the weekends we had trips outside of Yerevan to different places in Armenia, and this was really great, also after classes we had sometime different activities like going to museum or a tour in a Brandi factory.”
Moran FararoMA student, Mandel School for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“Studying Persian with ASPIRANTUM in Yerevan was a rich experience. I can highly recommend the programme, and would even consider coming again next summer, if advanced level courses in Persian are offered.”
Simon ConradPhD student, Princeton University, USA
“The quality of language instruction makes this program an excellent choice for students interested in quickly improving their Persian, and the hospitality and warmth of the ASPIRANTUM team, and the country of Armenia, will make it an unforgettable experience.”
Tabriz MohseninMA student, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
“My summer with ASPIRANTUM’s Persian program has been a fun and productive experience.”
Xinyi WeiPhD student, Princeton University, USA
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.
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
Learn Persian through Rumi's Masnavi Syllabus
The course is about one of Rumi’s Masterpieces, the Masnavi Ma’navi. The aim of this course is to advance and improve participants’ knowledge of the Persian language through studying the mostly colloquial language style of the work as is still practiced by Persian speakers. The conversation and discussion units of each teaching day will provide the participants with a chance for more interactive immersion experiences. The aim is that by the end of the course the participants are expected to be able to recognize the widely used verses of the Masnavi as proverbs and metaphors in everyday language. Each day will focus on intense readings of the Masnavi, explanations of difficult words, lexical variations and verse semantics, as well as the individual words and their function within the tales and stories.Learn More
Learn Persian through the Shahname Syllabus
The course is about two tightly related things, Shahnameh, the epic book of Firdawsi, and the Persian language. It is designed to serve as an introduction to the rich linguistic, historical, mythological and cultural background of this bulky masterpiece of classical Persian literature. The main goal of the course consists in serving as a means for advancing and improving the participants' knowledge of Persian (classical and modern), as the conversations and discussions will be conducted in Persian and students' use of the Persian language will be encouraged. Each day’s lesson will include intense readings in Shahnameh, accompanied with grammatical, lexical, stylistic and etymological explanations of the difficult passages and words. Every day students will be given new assignments and will participate in discussions of various homework articles about the Shahnameh.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
Scholarships for Persian language courses from ARMACAD
Up to 3 scholarships are available by ARMACAD to those students who meet the eligibility criteria presented below and are interested to learn Persian in Armenia.View
Scholarships for Persian or Armenian language courses from CHESSIFY
Chessify is announcing scholarships for students in Armenian or Iranian Studies and relevant fields to participate in ASPIRANTUM’s 3 weeks Armenian language summer school or Persian language summer school 2021 in Yerevan, Armenia.View