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University of Wisconsin-Madison: Urdu (Domestic)

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dates of Program: 
June 14, 2021
August 6, 2021



Program Type: 
Summer Domestic
Program Level: 
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Classroom/Study Hours: 
Year 1Year 2Year 3
Credits offered888
Number of Classroom Hours per week202020
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week15 - 2015 - 2015 - 20
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week2 - 62 - 62 - 6
Number of Hours of Other Activities per week2 - 42 - 42 - 4

Year 1 (Elementary): Let's Study Urdu: An Introduction to the Script by Ali Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder; Essential Urdu Dicitonary by Timsal Masud

Year 2 (Intermediate): Instructor provided course material; Essential Urdu Dictionary by Timsal Masud

Year 3 (Advanced): Instructor provided course material.

Note: Textbooks are subject to change.  Please confirm textbook with instructor or Project GO before purchasing. 

Program Details: 

Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Urdu are offered through the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Classes meet Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am -1 pm over the span of 8 weeks. Various additional activities are scheduled throughout the summer, from off-campus excursions, outdoor conversation tables by the lake, to ice cream socials, film and lecture series. On-campus housing is offered and highly encouraged.

All Project GO programs provide funding for:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note: Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.

Additional Details: 

There are no language prerequisites for first year Urdu. Year 2 of Urdu requires two semesters of prior study and Year 3 Urdu requires four semesters of prior Urdu language study. All levels of Urdu are intensive and worth 8 college credits, covering two semesters of language study in one summer and focusing on speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students should be proficient enough at speaking, listening and reading to achieve ILR 1 or ILR 1+ depending on retention and prior language experience.

Why learn Urdu? If you can speak Urdu, you will be able to understand the Hindi language. These two languages together make up the fourth most spoken language in the world.  You'll find the majority of Urdu speakers in India and Pakistan, but also in the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. Click here for more reasons to study Urdu.

Application Deadline: 
February 17, 2021
Separate application?: 
Yes. Students interested in participating and receiving funding for this program must complete multiple applications. Please view application details below or contact the program coordinator for further information.
How to Apply: 

Students interested in this program must complete two applications:

  1. Project GO common application -

         2. SASLI program application (Link: Application deadline is April 1, 2021.  We suggest students wait to apply to SASLI until after receiving and accepting Project GO funding.


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