Urdu has been part of the South Asian language curriculum since the 1960s and language learning opportunities are offered both on campus as well in Pakistan as well as India. Berkeley does not combine Urdu and Hindi instruction. We offer Urdu at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Over sixty students annually enroll in Urdu courses. UC Berkeley's Urdu program is one of the largest and best in the country.
In addition to its regular on-campus instructional program, ISAS also runs the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP). This program was temporariy shut down in 2008 but is now re-established in Berkeley.
We are extremely proud to announce that after a 5 year hiatus -- thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the US government -- the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP) will recommence training students. Originally founded in 1973 and based in Lahore, BULPIP's purpose was to provide intensive Urdu language training to American students, scholars, and teachers who had research and professional interests in Urdu language and literature, Pakistan, Islam, and the Muslim communities of South Asia. The program ran continuously until 2001, when due to a State Department travel warning prohibiting students from traveling to Pakistan, BULPIP was forced to first temporarily move to Lucknow, India, and then subsequently shut down in 2008. Under the terms of the revived program, ISAS will run BULPIP in conjunction with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS). The program will award fellowships to i) up to ten US-based graduate students per year to spend fifteen-weeks in the fall semester undertaking intensive Urdu language training at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan and ii) train up to ten Pakistan-based Urdu teachers over the lifecycle of the grant in contemporary second-language teaching pedagogy through internship appointments (spanning two to four months) at US-based universities.
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|Introductory Urdu (HIN-URD) 2A|
|Intermediate Urdu (HIN-URD) 103A|
|Advanced Urdu (HIN-URD) 104A|