Persian is an Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. Farsi ( فارسی ) is the indigenous name for the Persian language. It is widely spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and to some extent in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.

Persian literature (Persian :  ادبیات پارسی ) spans two-and-a-half millennia, though much of the pre-Islamic material has been lost. Its sources have been within historical Persia including present-day Iran as well as regions of Central Asia where the Persian language has historically been the national language or has been adopted as a court language.

Mughal Persian: for five centuries prior to the British colonization, Persian was widely used as a second language in the Indian subcontinent. It took prominence as the language of culture and education in several Muslim courts in South Asia and became the sole "official language" under the Mughal emperors. The Mughul kings of India had made Persian their court Language and the Mughal period saw great developments in the field of literature.

Syllabus : The curriculum is designed according to the student's proficiency level and focus of interest. Curriculum to be covered may include:

1. Grammar : Past Tense, Present Tense, Future Tense, Active and Passive, Adjectives, Causative Verbs, Verbal Noun, Singular and Plural, Genitive, Present and Past Subjunctive

2. Vocabulary : Day to day life, History, society& culture, education, politics, media, film, animals, and household things etc

3. Listening Comprehension : BBC News and Azfa

4. Error Correction : Journal writing on different topics

5. Iranian Classical Literature & Poetry : Sheikh Saadi , Hafiz Shirazi , Jalaluddin Roomi , Umar Khayyam,

6. Indian Classical Poetry : Sa'eb Tabrezi , Ameer Khusro , Bedil , Nazir , Ghalib , Iqbal, Urfi, Firdausi

7. Iranian Modern Prose : Saeed Nafisi, Mohammad Hijazi , Sadiq Hidayat, Jamal zadah

8. Indian Classical Prose : Ghalib, Abdurrahim Khanekhanah , Abulfazl , Faizi

9. Iranian Classical Prose : Gulistan e Saadi, Akhlaq e Mohsenin, Anwaar Suheli, Qaboos nama, kimeyae saadat

10. Magazine Reading : Marroriye GuzraH bar kitabe lahjate Sikandar Shahi, Nauroz dar hind, Farsi zayindae farhang e nau wa pasdaran e un dar shibbeh qar e Hind, Nigahiye guzra be rawabite farhang e Iran o Hind, Rabindranath Tagore saher wa adeeb pur aawaz e Hind , Shab-e-Eid, Eid-e-QurbaaN, Qissa-e-haft baradar, Daastaan-e-Aatash, Jawannan va awqaat-e-faraghat

11. Sight Reading : Hama baham, Dahqane Fida kar, Ruba wa khuroos, Murghabi wa lakpusht, Rahe peerozi, Khat wa khat naweesane namdaar , Iran shinasi wa shirk shinasi, Tarikhe adabiyat e Farsi, Tarikhe Iran, Mohammad bin Zakariya Razi kashif e alchohol

12. Oral Presentation : Different topics

13. Historical Text (Mughal Period) : Babar, Humayun, Akbar,Jahangir, Shahjahan

14. Situational Conversation

15. Project Work and Presentation

Note: If any participant intends to study a particular text, he is advised to bring text along with him or provide an advance copy to AIIS Lucknow centre.


AIIS assists students in finding local accommodation within a reasonable commuting distance of the Language Program center. Depending on the size of the Program and the availability of suitable accommodations, students are sometimes housed in furnished apartments, but more commonly live in "paying guest" or "home-stay" arrangements in private homes, preferably with families who speak the target language. Detailed guidelines will also be sent to students once they are accepted into an AIIS Program.

American Institute of Indian Studies

Persian Language Program Center, Lucknow

Studentís Expenditure Information

Item In Rupees In Dollars, One USD = Rs. 70
Host family rent per month (Including AC, breakfast , dinner, and meals on holidays)21000/-308.82
Host family rent per month (Including Non ACbut with cooler, breakfast , dinner, and meals on holidays16000/-235.29
Flats of 3 BHK for 3 students with AC including water (per month) (No meals) - 30000/- + electricity 441.18 +
Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner rate in a decent hotel 300/-
600/- respectively
Host family rent payment mode Monthly in advance-
Laundry charges ( per cloth) 25/- *0.37
Conveyance to and from LP Center ( average) 175/-2.57
Conveyance from/to Airport 500/-7.35
Conveyance from/to Railway station 300/-4.41
Internet ( for buying a data card ( Tata photon/ Reliance)1500/-22.06
Monthly recharge for Internet500 to 1000/-7.35 to 14.7
Lunch rate at the program house ( Monday-Friday)80/-1.18
Gym charges and membership charges1500/-22.06
International courier charges1390/- First Flight 20.44
Entertainment ( ticket charges at film theater )300/-4.41
Mobile set and SIM card ( Basic model) 1800/-26.47
Doctor Consultation fees500/- to 1000/-7.35 to 14.71
Music classes like Kathak, singing, harmonium, sitar learning etc ( Per hour charges) 600/-8.82
ISD Calling USA /Per minute8/-0.12
Class materials 250/-3.68
Local Cloths/saloon/parlor2500/-36.76

For any other information, please contact Program Head