Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Persian Summer Institute

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The ideal learning environment for a student of Persian would be a complete immersion in the study of history, politics, culture, and language at an Iranian university. Since such an opportunity is not available to most American students, The University of Texas at Austin's Persian Summer Institute provides the next best thing.

This innovative program pushes students toward advanced and superior proficiency through communicative language instruction and discipline-based content courses on Iranian history, politics, culture, and media.


  • Ten-week intensive program running from June 4 to August 14, 2015 (intersession break July 10-12, 2015)
  • Courses offered at the intermediate level
  • Offers 9 credits at the intermediate level 
  • Over 150 contact hours 
  • Weekly activities include group discussions, student presentations, reading, writing, multi-media activities and one-on-one discussions at the intermediate level
  • Intermediate Persian meets Summer FLAS Fellowship requirements (contact your home institution to apply for FLAS)


Students' skills should range between intermediate to advanced proficiency on the ACTFL scale at the start of the program. Informal oral proficiency interviews will be conducted as part of the admission process and students will be placed in the level that best suits their skills with consideration also given to other academic and pedagogical criteria. Applicants for the intermediate level will typically have completed one or two years of study. Applicants should be prepared to engage in an intensive program of study that will activate all language skills--reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

The program is not open to native speakers of Persian; however, heritage learners whose proficiency levels are appropriate for the program are encouraged to apply.


  • Intermediate Persian I: Iran Since the Revolution, 3 credits
  • Topics in Iranian History, Culture, Politics and Media, 3 credits
  • Reading, Writing, and Conversation, 3 credits


Tuition for the intermediate program is $4,500 excluding travel, room and board, and other living expenses. The Intermediate Persian program qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship. Contact your home institution for details on applying for the FLAS Fellowship.


2015 Persian Summer Insitute application is available here. The priority deadline is March 2, 2015.


Please click here for details regarding housing.


What will the first few days be like?
All students should plan to arrive by June 3. Classes start Thursday, June 4. 

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. The summer is divided into two sessions with an intersession break scheduled July 10-12, 2015. No homework will be assigned during the intersession break.


Priority application deadline, March 2, 2015 
Notifications of priority admissions, March 23, 2015
Signed acceptance letter & enrollment deposit due for priority applicants, March 30, 2015
Final application deadline, April 13, 2015
Notifications of final admissions, May 4, 2015
Signed acceptance letter and enrollment deposit due for final applicants, May 8, 2015
Tuition payments due for all applicants, May 13, 2015*
Last day to withdraw for a full refund (less deposit), June 4, 2015
Classes begin, June 4, 2015
Last day to withdraw for a partial refund, June 8, 2015
Intersession break, July 10-12, 2015
Summer program ends, August 14, 2015
Students vacate housing sites by 5 PM, August 15, 2015
Transcripts available from Registrar's office, August 28, 2015

*Does not apply to confirmed FLAS recipients


Kamran Scot Aghaie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Iranian and Islamic History
The University of Texas at Austin


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