Critical Language Scholarship Program | Urdu
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The Urdu Language

No Prior Language Study Required

The Hin­di-Urdu lan­guage fam­i­ly con­sists of hun­dreds of mil­lions of speak­ers, mak­ing it one of the most com­mon­ly spo­ken lan­guages in the entire world. Urdu, spo­ken in parts of North­ern India and in Pak­istan, is the per­fect lin­guis­tic tool for any­one look­ing to get a foothold on a career involv­ing South Asia. Both India and Pak­istan have long been key play­ers in South Asian affairs and have been impor­tant des­ti­na­tions for pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor development.

Amer­i­can stu­dents in a wide vari­ety of dis­ci­plines are drawn to the Urdu lan­guage not only because of the region’s grow­ing role in inter­na­tion­al affairs, but also for Urdu’s vibrant lit­er­ary his­to­ry and rich reli­gious and artis­tic tra­di­tions. Learn­ing Urdu will give you a com­pet­i­tive edge and the tools to break into the excit­ing work hap­pen­ing across many fields in South Asia such as agri­cul­ture, tech­nol­o­gy, pub­lic health, and film.

Program Sites

Lucknow, India
American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)
Jun 21, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Sarah Stackhouse
Urdu 2019
Lucknow, India
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Urdu 2019
Lucknow, India
Jessica Garross
Urdu 2017
Lucknow, India