Persian Summer Institute
UT Austin's Persian Summer Institute offers an intensive Persian language program for all levels. In addition to the intensive Beginning level courses, this ten-week program focuses on the development of Advanced Persian language skills through courses on history, politics, culture, and media conducted entirely in Persian. This innovative, content-based program pushes students toward Advanced and Superior proficiency in Persian through a combination of proficiency-based communicative language instruction and discipline-based content courses.
The materials for each course will include authentic textual, audio, and video sources, and will include spoken and written assignments in Persian, and class time will be devoted to discussion of the materials in Persian to facilitate active control of the language.
- Ten week program runs from June 2 - August 9, 2014
- 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, oral presentations, media activities, student presentations, and a writing lab
- Qualifies for the Summer FLAS fellowship, which requires 140 contact hours (120 for the Advanced level)
Three Levels of Instruction
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced students will be divided based on their proficiency levels (using the ACTFL scale) upon entering the program, as well as other academic criteria and pedagogical issues. The Beginning level will target students who are true beginners in the language and aims to bring them to the Intermediate level by the end of summer. The Intermediate level will target students who are currently at the Intermediate level on the ACTFL scale and who are working to reach the Advanced level. The Advanced level will target students who are already at the Advanced level, but who are trying to move to a higher Advanced level or toward the Superior level. In previous years, 87% of the students who completed this program improved by at least one level on the ACTFL scale, as measured by Oral Proficiency Interviews (including: one level=52%, two levels=30%, and three levels=4%).
Beginning Level Courses & Credits:
Intensive Persian I, 6 credits (PRS 601C)
Intensive Persian II, 6 credits (PRS 611C)
Intermediate Level 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 Level 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)
Kamran Scot Aghaie
Associate Professor, Iranian and Islamic History, UT Austin
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.
Information and instructions for completing the 2014 Persian Summer Insitute application will be available after December 16, 2013.
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Frequently asked questions
What will the first few days be like?
All students should plan to arrive by May 29. Classes start Monday, June 3. 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.
Priority application deadline, March 3, 2014
Applicants who meet the priority deadline will be notified of the admission committee's decision by March 17, 2014
Final application deadline, April 15, 2014
Admissions notifications sent for final deadline, April 26, 2014