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.

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE (AIIS) Urdu Language Program Lucknow

Day 7:30pm –8:30pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
8:40pm-9:40pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
9:50pm-10:50pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
7:30pm –8:30pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
8:40pm-9:40pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
(60 minutes)
7:30pm –8:30pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
8:40pm-9:40pm (IST)
(60 minutes)
(60 minutes)
Monday Vocabulary Literature Prose Test Review/ Error Correction Vocabulary Literature Prose Test Review Vocabulary Grammar Test Review
Tuesday Grammar/ Classical Literature Oral Presentation Literature Poetry Grammar Oral Presentation Error Correction Literature Prose Oral Presentation Error Correction
Wednesday Weekly Guest Magazine Reading Listening Video Weekly Guest Magazine Listening Video Grammar Drill Literature Poetry Listening Video
Thursday Literary Reading Prose & Poetry Listening Audio Magazine Newspaper Grammar Drill Listening Audio Sight Reading & Dictation Magazine Reading Conversation Sight Reading & Dictation
Friday Newspaper Idioms & Phrases Conversation News Paper Literature Poetry Conversation Newspaper Listening Audio Oral Presentation

*Those who opted 72 hours lesson please chooses your classes and stay with the same schedule.

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
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Student's Expenditure Information 2023

Item In Rupees In Dollars, One USD = Rs. 82
Charges for staying with a Host family per month (AC, breakfast, dinner, and all meals on holidays) 30000.00365.85
Charges for staying with a Host family per month (Non AC, breakfast, dinner and all meals on holidays) 20,500.00250
Independent Accommodation ( No meals but AC )20000.00244
Independent Accommodation ( No meals, No AC )16000.00195
Cost of a meal in a decent restaurant700.00-1000.008.53-12.19
Laundry charges ( per cloth)20.00.24
Conveyance per week to and from LP Canter (cab & auto rickshaw)1200.0015
4G /5G Data card (device) for Internet2700.0032.92
4G/5G Data plan for Data Card : Unlimited per month550.007
Lunch (veg only) at the program house per week (Monday-Friday)750.009
Gym Monthly fee3500.0042.68
International postal charges per kilogram (books etc.)120014.63
Entertainment ( ticket charges at a film / theatre )150.00 - 550.001.8- 7
Mobile set and SIM card ( Basic model)3600.0044
Mobile ph recharge cost per month (calling, text and 2 GB data per day)3604.39
Cultural activity classes such as Kathak, singing, harmonium, sitar, etc. (Per hour charges)1000.0012.19
Doctor Consultation fees (Private clinic)800.00 - 1500.009.75 – 18.29
Psychologist Consultation fees1200 - 200014.63 – 24.39
Any other costs that you might incur (Toiletries, saloon/parlor etc for entire Summer)5000.0060.97

ISD calling is 15 Rs. Per minute but some mobile companies provide special tarif vouchers. If one opts for it the calling to USA can be reduced to 1 Rs. Per minute. For any other information please contact AIIS Lucknow Program Head urdulp@aiis.edu.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.