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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Persian Summer Institute

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Program Highlights

  • All levels taught: beginning, intermediate, and advanced
  • Ten week program runs June 2 - August 8, 2014 (students to arrive by May 29)
  • Program includes over 150 contact hours, consisting of three to four contact hours per day
  • Program activities include group discussions, one-on-one discussion meetings, media activities, student presentations, and a writing lab 
  • Qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship

Three Levels of Instruction

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students will be divided based on their proficiency levels. 87% of students who completed this program improved by at least one proficiency level on the ACTFL scale, as measured by oral proficiency interviews.

Beginning Courses & Credits:
Intensive Persian I, 6 credits (PRS 601C)
Intensive Persian II, 6 credits (PRS 611C)

Intermediate Courses & Credits:
Intermediate Persian I, 3 credits (PRS 322K)
Intermediate Persian II, 3 credits (PRS 322L)
Topics in Iranian History, Culture, and Politics, 3 credits (PRS 329)

Advanced Courses & Credits:
Revolutionary Women, 3 credits (PRS 329)
Race and Ethnicity in Iran, 3 credits (PRS 329)
Advanced Conversation, Reading & Writing, 3 credits (PRS 329)

Institute Director
Kamran Scot Aghaie
Associate Professor, Iranian and Islamic History, UT Austin

Academic Coordinator
Blake Atwood, Assistant Professor, Persian Studies, UT Austin

Program cost

The tuition for the program will be $3,900, excluding travel, room and board, and other living expenses.

Offering 200 contact hours, this program qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship at all levels. Contact your home institution for details on applying for the FLAS Fellowship.

Application process

2014 Persian Summer Insitute application is available here.


Please click here for details regarding housing.

Frequently asked questions

What will the first few days be like?
All students should plan to arrive by May 29. Classes start Monday, June 2. The first few days of the institute will include various orientation sessions that provide students with information on the resources they will be using at UT over the course of the summer.

Who are my classmates?
We are excited to have a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from across the country in our program this summer.  

Will there be any down-time?
Classes run Monday through Friday. However, you should expect 8 - 10 hours of homework over the weekend. July 4th is a day off for all students. The summer is divided into two sessions with a weekend break between July 4 - 7. There will be no homework assigned during this break.

Notable dates

March 3, 2014, priority application deadline, 
March 17, 2014, applicants who meet the priority deadline will be notified of the admission committee's decision 
April 15, 2014, final application deadline, 
April 28, 2014, admissions notifications sent for final deadline, 
May 15, 2014, tuition payment deadline

Click here for a student profile video.
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