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Learn Persian Through the Shahname, from Feb 01, 2021 to Feb 12, 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 only. This online course will start on February 01, 2021 and will last till February 12, 2021.Learn More
Learn Persian Through Rumi's Masnavi, from Jan 04, 2021 to Jan 15, 2021 (2 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week only. This online course will start on January 04, 2021 and will last till January 15, 2021.Learn More
The 6 weeks Persian language summer school offers 140 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 30 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.
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing its third Persian language summer school in Yerevan, Armenia. The 6 weeks Persian language summer school will start on July 5, 2020 and will last till August 15, 2020.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer and winter school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2020 Persian language 42 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.
The 6 weeks Persian language summer school offers 140 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 30 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)
Every week for 1 or 2 times 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 6 weeks course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 1000 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.
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 2020 will have 1 or 2 groups of up to 12 participants (the ASPIRANTUM Persian language groups during the last 2 years have usually had 2-11 students). 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 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 5 till August 15 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the 6 weeks 2020 Persian language summer school was March 31, 2020 but because of corona virus emergency worldwide we extended the deadline till May 15, 2020.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
The participation fee is 3690 USD for the 6 weeks Persian Language course.
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 15, 2020 online or via a wire bank transfer (because of the corona virus emergency we extended the participation fee submission deadline and instead April 30 participants may submit the payment by June 15, 2020).
Trips in Armenia
During the 6 weeks international Persian language summer school 3 trips will be organized to the most popular cultural heritage sites of Armenia. On the first day (5 July 2020, Sunday) the school will start with a trip to the Garni pagan temple and Geghard Monastery. During 2 other weekends the participants will have guided trips to Amberd fortress and Lake Sevan.
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 winter 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 Persian language summer school was not only very intense, informative and productive, but it was also an excellent event to expand the network of colleagues from different universities of the world, find new friends and travel to many wonderful sights of Armenia!”
Anzhela KayumovaMA student, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
“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 participated in the summer school with quite limited knowledge of Persian, however, at the end of the program, I managed to obtain a decent level of reading, speaking, writing and listening skills of Persian.”
Husamettin SimsirPhD student, University of Notre Dame, USA
“The ASPIRANTUM Persian Summer School offers two great benefits: a world-class Persian program and an opportunity to experience the cultural and geographical richness of Armenia.”
Robert ReasonerBA student, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
“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
Scholarships for Persian Language Courses
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