Where to study Persian in Iran?

Have you thought of studying Persian in Iran, but not sure where to start from? Here there are a few tips to help you navigate and make your best choice.

First thing to bear in mind is that unlike many Arab countries, in particular such as Jordan and Egypt, there are not private language schools in Iran offering short-term / crash Persian language tuition. All language institutes (apart from one, see below) are university-affiliated and offer very good teaching, excellent even, at very reasonable prices, but on certain conditions.

The first condition is that you must obtain a student visa and while it is easy to do, the process is lengthy and might take up to three months or even more. Iranian student visas must be obtained from abroad. In other words, do not count on travelling around Iran and then turning up at your study institute without a valid student visa already issued. You may otherwise have to leave the country to collect the visa at the Iranian Embassy of your choice – Tokyo even. The location for visa collection must be specified when applying for the visa in the first place.

The second condition is that these university-affiliated language institutes have fixed course schedules and you need to adjust your study plans to their timetable. Otherwise, you may be offered private lessons and these are not really cheap. On a personal note, I would not recommend private lessons for beginners, but at the end of the day, it depends on you.

The third condition is that you must stay in the institute-provided student accommodation, unless you have a family in Iran and exemptions can be made in this case.

One extremely important point to bear in mind is that your student visa is issued for a specific language institute and cannot be changed, especially last minute. So, be sure about your choice!

When it comes to choosing a Persian language institute in Iran, you have a sea of really good options to consider. Start by picking a province where you want to embark on learning the language. That said, Dekhoda Language Institute (www.icps.ut.ac.ir) with the University of Tehran is by far the most vibrant and pleasant place to be. It has a good vibe, great location in northern Tehran and offers excellent quality of teaching. The second most popular and renowned institute is the International Center for Teaching Persian Language to non-Persian Speakers with the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (www.en.um.ac.ir). Popular with students from universities in Russia and Central Asia, it has an excellent reputation and well worth giving up the fun of Tehran for. The Persian Language Learning Centre with the University of Esfahan (www.ui.ac.ir) is also reasonably good, but their student numbers are much lower and tuition fees are the highest compared to other language institutes ins the country. Their student accommodation located up at the Sofeh mountain foothills comes with balconies over the entire city of Esfahan, which is very enjoyable in the evenings, to say the least. And Esfahan is Esfahan – “half of the world” – what can I say! The University of Shiraz also boasts a major Persian Language Learning Centre in the country (www.suiro.shirazu.ac.ir). Located in the pleasant and affluent Qasr-e Dasht area of Shiraz, it is low-key and cosy, just what you need to focus on your studies with an occasional visit to the Hafez or Saadi mausolea. Getting in touch with their office might be a challenge, but persevere and call (!!!) or contact me if you are stuck. The only non-university Persian language centre in Iran is Saadi Foundation (www.saadifoundation.ir) in Tehran. Located in the Velenjak district, it is a little more commercial and be prepared to pay more for their courses. Teaching quality is good and classes are held in the same building as student accommodation.

If you are not planning to study in a university in Iran, aim to at least obtain a Standard Persian Language Proficiency Test (SAMFA) certificate. Held since 2018 it will be a good proof of your Persian language knowledge and can also be used back home with reference to the European Framework of Languages.

And final point to bear in mind, communication with language institutes in Iran can be exhausting. Your e-mails are often answered with delays and language can be a barrier, although not always, in getting the information you are after.

If you have more questions or need help, do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Yours,

Peyman

在伊朗,到哪儿学波斯

您曾想过到伊朗学习波斯语,却不知从何开始?让我提供指引,协助您作出最好的选择。

首先,您必须了解,伊朗不像众多阿拉伯国家(如约旦和埃及等),设有提供短期波斯语课程的私立语言学院。在伊朗,几乎所有的语言学院(下列的除外)均是当地大学的附属学院。这些语言学院提供良好的教学、合理的学费,但附带条件。

条件一:您必须先获得学生证。申请学生证虽不难,但过程费时,往往可长达三个月。伊朗的学生证只能在国外申请。若没有有效的学生证,别想在伊朗边旅行边上学。在申请学生证的时候,您必须指明领取学生证的地点。学生证批准时,您若身在伊朗,就必须出境,前往您事先选择的伊朗大使馆(例如东京)领取学生证。

条件二:语言学院的课程时间表已经固定,必须跟从。您若无法根据课程时间表调整学习,院方或会提供私人班,私人班的价格昂贵。我个人亦不推荐初学者上私人班,但这是一个选项。

条件三:您必须住在校方提供的宿舍里。若有家人在伊朗定居,则可豁免。

切记,您的学生证是和语言学院挂钩的,一旦批准后,便不能更换学院。因此,在申请学生证之前,务必再三确定您的选择。

该去哪间语言学院学习波斯语?

您有众多的选择。首先,先决定您想在哪个省区学习。德黑兰大学(University of Tehran)的附属学院——Dekhoda Language Institute (www.icps.ut.ac.ir)无疑是最具活力及宜人的学习之地。此学院位于德黑兰北部,教学优良。其地点优越、学习气氛佳。第二个受欢迎的著名学院是Ferdowsi University of Mashhad(www.en.um.ac.ir)的附属学院——International Center for Teaching Persian Language to non-Persian Speakers。此学院特受俄罗斯和中亚大学生的青睐,声誉高,值得您舍弃乐子多的德黑兰前来这里学习。另外,伊斯法罕大学(University of Esfahan, www.ui.ac.ir )的附属学院——The Persian Language Learning Center 也是一个不错的选择。和伊朗国内的语言学院相比,此学院的缺点是学生不多、学费居冠。然而,此学院的学生宿舍位于索菲山(Sofeh Mountain)山脚,附有阳台,可俯瞰整个伊斯法罕,黄昏的景色之美可想而知。毕竟,伊斯法罕是举世闻名的城市!设拉子大学(Universiry of Shiraz, www.suiro.shirazu.ac.ir)是另一提供波斯语学习的主要大学。此大学位于Qasr-d Dasht,是设拉子较富裕的地区,环境低调、宜人,是个能让您专注于学习的好地方。课余时间还可造访Hafez或Saadi Mausolea。和该校联系是一大挑战,请不断打电话,坚持不懈!若碰上钉子,不妨联络我。伊朗唯一非大学的波斯语言中心是位于德黑兰的Saadi Foundation(www.saadifoundation.ir)。此语言中心位于Velenjak区,较商业化,故学费较高。教学水准高,课室和学生宿舍在同一栋楼里。

您若不打算在大学里学习并考获文凭,请至少获得“标准波斯语能力测试文凭”(SAMFA,Standard Persian language Proficiency Test)。此测试始于2018年,是证实您的波斯语能力与知识的最佳证明。此文凭参照欧洲共同语言参考标准(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages),在您的国家也受承认。

最后,请切记,和伊朗的语言学院进行沟通是非常累人的。除了语言是一大障碍外,回复一般缓慢,很考耐心。

您若有任何问题或需要协助,尽可直接和我联络。

Peyman(上)

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