10-Week Asynchronous Online Course: Introduction to Urdu Language and Culture

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) will be hosting the Introduction to Urdu Language and Culture online course this fall. Enrollment is open to all interested in exploring Urdu language and culture, and faculty members at Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are eligible to receive full funding to participate in the course thanks to support from AIPS’s Department of Education’s Title VI Overseas Research Centers funding. The 10-week course will run from September 22 to December 1, 2023.

In this introductory level Urdu language and culture class, participants will have the opportunity to gain a basic foundation in Urdu and learn about the rich cultural traditions of Pakistan and other Urdu-speaking regions. The 10-week online course is ideal for those who want to get an overview of the basics of the Urdu writing system, learn conversational Urdu useful for daily activities (e.g. shopping, ordering in restaurants), and explore cultural themes via dramas, movies, songs and poetry. No previous knowledge is required, and participants can earn up to 2.0 CEU credits for completing the course.  The course has been designed by Dr. Jameel Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad has been teaching beginning to advanced-level Urdu for over a decade at the University of Washington, Seattle.

*The course is geared towards beginning level Urdu learners and those looking to gain basic knowledge of Urdu language. This course is not designed for advanced, fluent speakers or auditors. If you are a language instructor or have interest in developing an asynchronous language class, please email us to join a wait list for future opportunities.

Enrollment Process

Please register via UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies webpage. The course registration fee is $259, due upon enrollment.

Faculty and administrators at two-year colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions are eligible to have enrollment fees covered by AIPS. Please email AIPS for a code that will waive your dues at registration.

The deadline to enroll is September 21, 2023. If the registration site notes that the class is full, there may still be spots remaining. Please contact AIPS (aips@pakistanstudies-aips.org) to check on availability.

AIPS Urdu Language and Culture Course