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The Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP-AIPS), run in conjunction with the America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), completed its eighth and final year in 2021. It will not longer be accepting any applications. 


This report outlines the history of the first five years of the program, introduces the people who help run it and the people who have benefited from it, the program's spending patterns, curriculum, participation and learning statistics, and offers testimonials from a diverse group of past participants. Please click HERE to read it. Please write to us at bulpip-aips@berkeley.edu if you’d like a copy of this report to be sent to a future student or teacher participant or anyone else you know who might be interested in learning about what the program has achieved.


Institute for South Asia Studies

graphical element - ISAS logoOne of the world's leading institutes for research and programs on South Asia, the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at the University of California, Berkeley works with faculty members, graduate students, community members, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to deepen understanding of the region and to create new generations of scholars of South Asia.

BULPIP offers unique opportunity to become completely immersed in Urdu. Through specialized classes, office hours and one-one-one appointments with language professors, I was able to get the personalized tuition I needed to gain confidence in reading historical, often hand written texts that engaged with my academic and research interests.  Living and studying at LUMS provided the added benefit of attending conferences, events and talks relevant to today's historical and historiographical debates.  I met many people who will influence my work for years to come and thrived in a campus culture that was intellectually welcoming. - - Madiha Akhter, BULIP-APIS, 2014

America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)

graphical element - AIPS logoThe American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), established in 1973, is a bi-national research and educational organization with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the US and to encourage scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan. To fulfill this mission, AIPS provides research fellowships to American researchers, administers lectureships, and sponsors academic conferences. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, autonomous organization and a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.


Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

graphical element LUMS logoThe Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), is a private research university located in the vicinity of Defence Housing Authority of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Established in 1985, by sponsors belonging to the country’s leading private and public sector corporations, and developed as an institution, which would provide rigorous academic and intellectual training and a viable alternative to education comparable to leading universities across the world, it is one of the largest universities in Pakistan, whose research, service, and graduates are a fountain of leadership for Pakistan and the world.