Testimonial by Grace Stapelberg

Student, University of Oxford, UK

16 weeks 2022 Persian Language Semester Program and Internship

My time at Aspirantum has been truly incredible.

Studying abroad in a foreign country can be very daunting, but Aspirantum has made it feel easy. I came here with the intention to study Persian, but while improving my skills in the language, I was also immersed in the inimitable culture that Armenia has to offer. With Aspirantum, we traveled all around Armenia, trying different foods, visiting various historical and cultural sites, and meeting all kinds of incredible people. 

Thanks to the wonderful teachers at this program, my Persian has improved immensely. My first year of university was severely impacted by COVID-19; all of our classes were online, which made learning a language from scratch incredibly difficult. It was such a blessing to be able to come to Aspirantum and have classes in person. Learning with other students under the instruction of Professor Vardan and Ruben was an incredible experience. Our small, intimate classes provide the perfect environment for an immersive language-learning experience. No one is afraid to make mistakes in our classes; instead, there is ample room to learn and grow. 

I had some of the best times of my life while studying at Aspirantum, and I’m already looking forward to the ten-year reunion!

Interested? Check Upcoming Persian Language Courses!


Our Persian language courses are open to anyone with upper elementary or intermediate knowledge of the Persian language. The lectures are organized with the academic interests of our participants in mind. Students as well as researchers working in Iranian Studies and relevant fields will benefit the most from our courses.

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