Urdu & Persian

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language originating in the region between the Ganges and Jamuna rivers near Delhi. As a spoken language Urdu originally derived from Hindustani,the lingua franca of Northern India before the partition of 1947. Although Urdu and Hindi arose from the same or very similar colloquial bases, their literary forms are much different because of the strong influences of Sanskrit on Hindi and of Persian and Arabic on Urdu. Grammar in the two languages is still nearly the same, however, except in instances in which literary Urdu adopts Persian or Arabic constructions.

Urdu is a very important language of Indian subcontinent both for the reasons of large number of its speakers as well as its rich literature.

Information about Location (Lucknow)

Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Lucknow's history begins with its elevation to a capital city under the Nawabs of Awadh. The architectural contributions of the Awadh rulers, many paintings of whom are maintained at the Art Gallery today, include numerous mosques and palaces. Of the monuments standing today, the BaRa ImaambaaRa, the Chhota ImaambaaRa, and the Roomi Darwaaza are notable examples.

The province of Awadh (anglicized to Oudh) was annexed by the British rulers of India, and in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Lucknow was one of the cities besieged by the rebel forces. Today, the ruins of the Residency, and the picturesque Shaheed Smarak offer the poignant reminisces of Lucknow's role in the Mutiny. Other architectural delights in Lucknow include the Vidhan Sabha (State Legislature) and the railway station at Charbaagh with its yellow domes and pillars. One of the oldest schools in the world is also situated in Lucknow: La Martiniere, founded in the 1845 by Claude Martin.

9-10 10-11 15 min 11.15-12 12-1 1-2 (Lunch) 2-3
Monday Vocabulary Literature Tea Break Sight Reading/Dictation Oral Presentation - Zero Hour
Tuesday Situational Conversation PT Tea Break Listening Comprehension Film Preparation -
Wednesday Grammar Magazine Reading Tea Break Error Correction Monolingual /Guest Speaker -
Thursday News Paper Film Tea Break Film Film discussion - Local Trip
Friday Weekly Test Conversation Tea Break PT Teacher Student Meeting - Zero Hour
Dinner with Host family Dinner with Host family Enjoying with Host family Enjoying with Host family SAFLI-student Ms. Katherine performing Harmonium during cultural program Selfie with host family Traditional pooja with host family Urdu participants at Fatehpur Sikri on field trip Urdu Participants at Taj Mahal Urdu Participants at residency on local trip Urdu students at Mahmudabad fort Urdu students learning Tabla With Host family
American Institute of Indian Studies

URDU Language Program Center → Lucknow

Student's 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 (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 urdulp@aiis.org.in


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.