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 the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan's (BULPIP) is back. In September 2013, UC-Berkeley received a $3.1 million grant from the US government to re-establish BULPIP. Founded in 1973 and permanently based in Lahore, Pakistan, BULPIP's purpose was to provide intensive Urdu language training to American students, scholars, and teachers who had research and professional interests in Pakistan, Islam, the Muslim communities of South Asia, and Urdu language and literature. The program ran in Pakistan from 1973 through 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. However, now BULPIP is back. In this revived version, ISAS will run BULPIP in conjunction with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS). The program will award fellowships to a) ten US-based students to spend fifteen-weeks each year to study Urdu language through an intensive Urdu language immersion program based in the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan and b) to train ten to fifteen Pakistan based Urdu teachers in contemporary second-language teaching pedagogy through internship appointments of two to four months in intro and intermediate level Urdu classrooms in the US.
|Introductory Urdu (HIN-URD) 2A|
|Intermediate Urdu (HIN-URD) 103A|
|Advanced Urdu (HIN-URD) 104A|