Persian Training Courses
Online, On-campus and One-to-one Persian Learning Courses
Online Persian Learning Courses
The International Center for Persian Studies, University of Tehran has been offering on-campus Farsi courses to more than 23,000 students from 1989 until November 2019. Dehkhoda Institute started offering online Persian teaching courses since 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and around 684 students have joined these so far to learn to speak Persian.
Note: Although Dehkhoda can obtain Student Visas for the Persian Learning applicants to come to Iran, their classes will still be online. We will keep you informed on further updates about Dehkhoda’s on-campus Farsi learning courses.
To participate in online Persian courses, you are required to fill out the application form, by sending your passport, ID photo, and CV or final college/ university degree and emailing us the 4-digit ID number you receive after completing the application up to one week before the course starting date.
If you have some knowledge of the Persian language, one of our colleagues will contact you via Skype and give your Persian level assessment test. This test is for free.
On-campus Persian Learning Courses
Dehkhoda Institute offers various Persian Online/ On-campus and One-to-one courses as follows:
◦ Persian Alphabet Course
◦ Persian Twice a Week Courses
◦ Persian Three-Day a Week Courses
◦ Persian Five-Day a Week Courses
◦ Persian Literature Courses
◦ Iranian Art Courses
◦ Complementary Courses
Persian Twice a Week Course
There are three 90-minute sessions for each twice a week course with two 15-minute break in between at Dehkhoda which will take 9 weeks and there is an almost one-week gap between each Persian course. It takes approximately 18 months to finish all courses. All the Persian levels in this course are offered on the dates mentioned in Persian courses timetable.
Persian Three-day a Week Course
Each level of the Farsi language learning three-day a week course at Dehkhoda is 7 weeks and there is an almost one-week gap between each Farsi course. It takes approximately 2 years and 7 months to finish all courses. All the Persian levels in this course are offered on the dates mentioned in Persian courses timetable.
Persian Five-day a Week Course
There are two 75-minute sessions for each level of the Farsi language learning five-day a week course at Dehkhoda which takes 6 weeks and there is an almost one-week gap between each Persian course. It takes approximately 14 months to finish all courses. All the Persian levels in this course are offered on the dates mentioned in Persian courses timetable.
Farsi Literature Courses
Dehkhoda’s program is not limited to only learning the Persian language, but it also offers to learn Iranian culture and literature. These courses are an interesting part of your learning in Dehkhoda and you will be surprised by studying ancient culture and the very rich literature of the Iranians.
Iranian History: This course is dedicated to the introduction and study of Iranian long history (more than 2,500 years) in different political periods from the beginning until now.
Persian Contemporary Poetry: Persian literature is one of the oldest, most extensive, richest, and most popular examples of literature in the world, and Persian poetry has a special place in the field of world poetry. Great Persian-speaking poets such as Ferdowsi, Khayyam, Maulana, Saadi, and Hafez are known all over the world and have many devotees. Students get acquainted with the life and works of several famous Iranian poets in the present century and learn points about the characteristics of contemporary Persian poetry and the minds and languages of contemporary poets.
Shahnameh Ferdowsi: Shahnameh is the greatest Iranian epic book by Hakim Abolghasem Ferdowsi, an epic poet of the 4th century AH. This book includes three important parts: mythology, heroism, and history, and contains many Iranian customs and cultural parameters, and at the same time, in the mythological part, it shows the commonality of Iranian myths with world myths.
Divan of Hafez: Divan of Hafez, one of the greatest poets of the 8th century AH, is a book that can rightly be considered one of the greatest literary masterpieces in the world. Ethical lessons, philosophical points, mystical jokes, and many social critiques shine in the golden pages of this valuable book and give freshness to the soul and heart of the reader. Although Divan of Hafez is deeply intertwined with the Persian language, its human and moral messages are certainly not limited to Iran and the Persian language, and they are very attractive to any beauty-loving and perfectionist human being, anywhere in the world. Hence, Hafez's juicy poems are instructive and uplifting for the inhabitants of other lands.
Manteq-o-Tair Attar Neishabouri: Mantiq al-Tair is a mystical poetry by Attar Neyshabouri, a poet and mystic of the 6th and 7th centuries AH, who teaches his audience, interesting and wonderful materials about the basic terms of mysticism, wisdom, and knowledge.
Masnavi Ma’navi: Masnavi Ma’navi by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī, another great Iranian poet of 7th century AH, is the most important mystical book in the Persian-speaking world and it can rightly be considered, along with Dante's Divine Comedy, the greatest masterpiece of mystical literature in the world. This valuable book has many human and moral messages that are not limited to any borders and indigenous people and attract every truth-seeking human being, from anywhere in the world. Translations of Masnavi into various languages and the acceptance of it by people of other countries show that this book has the characteristics of a world masterpiece and can well be instructive for all conscious people who want a spiritual life
Ghazaliyat e Shams: In this course, students get acquainted with a selection of Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Molavi Balkhi Rumi's lyric poems and learn various points about words, grammatical constructions, and literary arrays of Maulana poetry. Rumi is well-known and famous all over the world and his poems have been translated into many languages of the world, but the literary and linguistic subtleties of his poems are best revealed in Persian because Rumi wrote his poems in Persian. Rumi has composed most of his lyric poems in memory of his mystic master, Shams Tabrizi.
Bustan-e Sa’di: Sa’di is a great Iranian poet and writer of the 7th century AH. After studying in Baghdad and many trips to different countries of the world, he returned to Iran and wrote valuable masterpieces about human life and ethics, such as Bustan and Gulistan. This is a course to introduce Sa’di's thoughts and teachings, which is offered based on special textbooks for Persian students.
Gulistan-e Sa’di: This book by Sa’di has eight chapters on various topics: the King's Morality, the Ethics of Dervishes, the Virtue of Contentment, the Benefits of Silence, Love and Youth, the Impact of Education, and Speaking Etiquette. Its text is fluent and simple, in a way that it has had an extraordinary effect on keeping the Persian language simple. Sa’di, having so many different experiences in life and being thoughtful, wise, and adventurer- has very mature and realistic writings in Gulistan and speak of great concepts that have not been outdated until today.
Another interesting part of Persian learning at Dehkhoda is studying the amazing arts of the Iranians.
Persian Calligraphy Courses: Calligraphy is one of the visual arts that has a long history and great importance in Iran and the Persian language. Ancient Iranian calligraphers, emphasizing aesthetic principles, have left us several scripts and methods of calligraphy that have countless devotees. In this course: Nastaliq, Broken Nasta'liq, and Farsi Script Writing are taught from the treasure of Iranian calligraphy.
Iranian Music Courses: In this course, to learn Farsi through music, some famous vocal pieces of Iranian classical music are taught in harmony and group playing. At the end of the course, in addition to a better understanding of Farsi words and concepts, you will get acquainted with beautiful Iranian music. It is also possible to learn general and specialized theoretical basics of Iranian music and to play Iranian instruments such as Setar, Tar, Dulcimer, Reed, Daf, Tombak, Kamancheh, etc. in Dehkhoda Institute.
Farsi Complementary Courses
Dehkhoda offers Farsi complementary courses for students to explore subjects like Iranian newspaper, Persian conversation, and Farsi free discussion more deeply.
Iranian Newspaper Courses: In this short course in Dehkhoda, recent Iranian news is chosen (two or three news items during the same week leading up to the class) so that the students can get acquainted with at least some of the developments of today's Iran, from the point of view of current and famous newspapers, and also encounter several words in the Persian-language press (about 100 words). In other words, this period can be considered as a kind of Iranology from the perspective of Iranian domestic media. This course is just a small window that reflects the vast amount of news and information in Persian.
Persian Conversation Courses: These courses are designed to strengthen students' communication skills; since the spoken and written forms of Persian are sometimes very different from each other, students must take these courses to communicate more naturally with Persian speakers. In Persian Conversation Course, the main goal is to meet the basic communication needs for short or long life in Iranian society. The target group of this course is Elementary 2 to Intermediate 1 Farsi learners.
Farsi Free Discussion Courses: The purpose of the Farsi Free Discussion Course is to strengthen Persian learners’ dialogue skills at higher levels. In this course, the teacher has mostly a guiding role and it is the students who talk, comment and discuss more different topics. In this course, the Farsi learner also acquires the ability to give lectures. The target group of the Farsi Free Discussion Course is Intermediate 2 to Advanced 2 students.
- The pre-registration for Dehkhoda One-to-One courses should be done via the Online Registration System.
- The Persian learning applicant can contact 0098-21-22716833 or send an email to m_moghadam[AT]ut.ac.ir to inform us about his/her free time (IRST) and days so that we can arrange a Persian private tutor for him/her.
- Each online Persian private session (1.5 hours per day) is 3.000.000 IRR for one person and 4.800.000 IRR for two people.
- The first 10 sessions’ tuition fee is received in advance.
- Holding 20 sessions of the class should not take more than 3 months.
- The Persian student can take the Dehkhoda exam every 20 sessions, which equals a 30-session Five-day a Week Course.
- The Persian student can only receive the Dehkhoda certificate, in case s/he passes the exam; therefore, enrolling in a private tutoring Farsi course of Dehkhoda, does not oblige Dehkhoda to offer a certificate.
- In case the scheduled session is canceled WITHOUT prior notification, it will be considered as one session and the fee will not be refunded.
- In case the scheduled session is canceled WITH prior notification, at least 24 hours before the class, the next session date should be determined after the cancellation of the session.
- In case the Persian learner does not enroll in her/his private sessions for up to 3 days without informing her/his Farsi teacher the contract will be terminated and the tuition fee will not be refunded.