July 31 – August 27, 2023
Days: 4 days/week
Time: 3.5 hours/class (with ten-minute breaks every hour)
Duration: 4 weeks
Total hours of instruction: 56 hours
Course fee: $780
Deadlines: July 20, 2023 (application), August 1, 2023 (payment)
This intensive course is aimed at lower to upper-intermediate students of Persian (preferably with a prior year of Persian classes) who would like to immerse themselves in the Persian language and learn more about the intricate social tapestry of Iran. The course is themed around ‘travel’ through Iran, exploring the cultural and geographical diversity of its various regions. Each class will be divided equally between the study of grammar, reading and conversation in Persian (one hour devoted to each). Students will have the opportunity to discover the different regions of Iran through a selection of related texts and documentaries, in addition to reading classical and contemporary Persian poetry that pays homage to a rich cultural heritage.
Application and Fees
The deadline to apply is July 20, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the course capacity is filled, and we encourage students to apply as early as possible.
The course fees are to be paid as a donation made through a bank transfer by August 1, 2023.
Maryam Torabi, MA, is a scholar of Medieval Armenian and Persian literary traditions. Having studied Armenian and Persian literature in Isfahan, Ms. Torabi came to Armenia to work on her doctoral dissertation, which she is currently completing in the Department of Linguistics at Yerevan State University. She focuses on the language of the eighteenth-century poet Sayat-Nova exploring his engagement with Persian poetry. Apart from teaching Armenian to Iranians and Persian to Armenians she has formerly served as the librarian of the Blue Mosque in Yerevan.
Mejlis Institute is a non-profit organisation. The funds collected will be used to pay the salary of the instructor, and any surplus will be invested in the development of our future programs. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support a local cause in Armenia. A report on the usage of the funds collected through the course will be presented to course participants upon request. The applicants who wish to attend the course but cannot afford to pay the course fees can be issued a partial or full fee waiver. To request a waiver, please send us an email separately after filling the application form and arrange for a reference letter to be sent from your academic supervisor or another mentor who can attest to your merit and the situation of financial need. Since students’ donations constitute our main source of funding, we encourage applicants to consider applying for scholarships offered by their universities or seek other forms of external funding prior to applying for tuition waivers.
How do we calculate our course fees? Why are our courses cheaper than some but more expensive than other language programs? Read more about our financial policy to find out.