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Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay Language Pre-requisite: 2 semesters of Persian (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: Persian Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Mark Hayes Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:
Is this program right for you?

Learn Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The American Councils Eurasian Regional Language program provides advanced undergraduates intensive individualized language instruction. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions.


Participants receive approximately eighteen hours per week of classroom instruction, led by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions such as Tajik State National University ( Dushanbe ). CCourses are designed to strengthen speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in the language of study. Language courses also cover topics in literature, history, politicis, culture, mass media, and area studies. Participants studying Persian Farsi or Dari will also receive at least 2 hours per week in Persian Tajiki instruction

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Student Life

Participants are offered the chance to meet people their age for three or four hours per week. Peer tutors introduce participants to local young people, accompany participants on sightseeing tours, organize cultural activities (cinema, museum, etc.), and provide students with academic support. The peer tutors are expected to speak only the local language.

Participants live with local host families. Host families expose students to authentic, contemporary language in informal social settings and provide supportive environments for students to test their growing language skills. All families are screened, selected, and monitored by local American Councils' staff. They provide two meals per day; and participants are guaranteed private rooms and telephone access.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/02/2016
Varies by program TBA TBA
NOTE: These are approximate dates. Please contact the American Councils office to confirm program dates
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
Varies by program 01/19/2017 05/18/2017
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Refer to materials received from the partner university for exact dates before making final travel arrangements. Please be aware that official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university. However, as programs are typically not competitive, students can usually expect to be accepted without problem if program admissions and application requirements are met.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/10/2017 ** Varies by program 08/28/2017 05/11/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2017 03/10/2017 ** Varies by program 08/28/2017 12/15/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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