Studying at Loghatnameh Dehkhoda

Even though this blog is intended for private use, I decided to type up some information about studying at the International Centre for Persian Studies (ICPS), aka Moasesehe Loghatnameh Dehkhoda, Tehran. I had a lot of questions before starting the course, so I hope this helps people. I once saw a review of the school in Esfahan so I’ve copied that guy’s format.

Background info: I am Australian, and I studied Persian at my home university for two and a half years before coming to Iran. I studied the Summer intensive (July-August), and am halfway through the Autumn intensive (September-October).

The institute

It is legitimate. Don’t worry. Dehkhoda is a branch of the University of Tehran, though the Dehkhoda building is far away from the main university campus. Dehkhoda is located in Northern Tehran, on Valiasr St, near the Tajrish end, behind Baghe Ferdows (this is how you describe to Iranians where it is). The main university campus is in the centre of the city, on Enghelab St, about a 40min bus ride away.

The admin staff at Dehkhoda (at time of writing) are all very helpful and kind. They speak English; I’m not sure if they speak other languages.

There is a cafeteria. You can buy breakfast at 10:15am for about $1 – a piece of bread, some cheese, tomato, cucumber, and a date. You can buy lunch after class finishes at 12pm, and it changes every day. Its quality is pretty… cafeteria-ish. It’s very cheap. There are also snacks like chips and chocolate, and water/soft drink.

There is a small library, with four slow computers with slower internet (with the filter, of course). Still, if you have no internet at home, beggars can’t be choosers.

Your fellow students are from all over the world. There is always a large corpus from China and to a lesser extent Korea, often here because their jobs at the oil company sent them or because they hope to get jobs in an oil company. There are a lot of Turkish and Lebanese students. Finally, a large number of blonde European hippies (jk… but they do have flowing locks of hair) can be seen floating around. Many of them seem to have wandered to Iran in their travels, fallen in love, and decided to stay. In the summer intensive there were quite a few Iranian-Americans too. It’s a pretty cool place to hang out. Students tend to be younger, in the 20-30 age group, but there are a number of older students as well.

Getting the visa

If you are reading this, you are probably well acquainted with the pitfalls of Iranian bureaucracy. Getting a student visa is much harder and takes much more time than getting a tourist visa. This goes for all of Iran- as I type, my two friends who applied for a student visa for Esfahan in March are yet to receive them (it’s September 25).

Process:

The website makes it clear.

– You fill out some forms and send through some documents to Dehkhoda (note: scan and email everything. The fax machine never works.)
– Dehkhoda apply on your behalf to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an authorisation code.
– They tell you the MFA have accepted you, and you continue to wait for your authorisation code
– When they receive it, they will send it both to you and to the embassy you nominated on your application form.
– The embassy will then give you a one-month entry/student visa (I think valid for 3 months from date of issue, but can’t remember, too lazy to check my passport).
– Once you arrive at Dehkhoda and enrol in your classes, you are given an appointment time with a very nice lady who will take your passport and extend your student visa for three months.
– Every time you want to re-extend your visa, you see aforementioned nice lady, who will extend your visa on the condition that you are currently enrolled in class, you passed your last classes, and you haven’t missed more than 4 days.

My experience:

Due to my plans for study in Syria falling apart spectacularly with the country, I only applied for my Iranian visa 2 months in advance. I was EXTREMELY fortunate to get my visa in time. But I paid for it. I was a nervous wreck for at least 3 weeks beforehand. The authorisation number arrived 5 days before my flight, and I jumped on a plane to Canberra the next day to pick up the visa.

I hassled the poor admin guy constantly by email (I apologised as soon as I saw him, luckily he is a chilled dude). I hassled the embassy in Canberra. My Persian teacher even went to Dehkhoda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hassle on my behalf, even though she is a gentle soul and had a fever of 40 degrees. Bless her. I have no idea whether any of this helped or whether I was just lucky. I don’t recommend you hassle the Dehkhoda staff, there is really nothing they can do and they are nice people.

I HIGHLY recommend you apply 5-6 months in advance. I have not heard of anyone else who got their visa applying 2 months beforehand.

Back-up plan:

While I was frantically pacing around cafes, my Persian teacher spoke to the embassy in Canberra and offered me a backup solution. She said that if you have been waiting a decent amount of time for the authorisation number and you are due to jump on the plane to Iran next week and the visa has not arrived, your embassy can give you an ‘entrance visa’ (this is NOT the same as a VOA). Basically, you give the embassy a letter from your Persian lecturer, and they give you a one-month visa that is conditional on you turning up to Dehkhoda and enrolling. You go to Dehkhoda, they check that you are indeed on the verge of getting your authorisation number, and I think

NOTE: I have not done this myself. I know that Esfahan Uni will not accept students on this ‘entrance visa’, because my friends have asked. I don’t know if countries other than Australia offer it. It’s also not a lazy way to get into the country, it’s if you have been waiting a long time (say 5 months. Not 2, normally.) for your authorisation number and you are pretty sure it’s going to come next week. I don’t really know what happens if the authorisation number never comes, but it’s worth a try maybe?

Other information:

You can’t apply with an American passport. There are plenty of Americans here, but they all have dual citizenship, and applied with the second passport. If your dad is Iranian you are automatically considered to be Iranian as well.

Have visa, want to study

When you arrive, you enrol, pay, and take a quick placement test. They get you to write a little about yourself and verbally explain a cartoon. The levels are listed on the website. After two and a half years of pretty half-arsed study (4 hours a week, complaining upon being given a weekly vocab list of more than 15 words), I was placed in Advanced 1, which was the right level for me. My reading and writing was OK but my speaking and understanding was very poor.

I’ve found the classes to be excellent. I read somewhere on the Lonely Planet forum that the classes were way too grammar-based, but this was not my experience at all.

Advanced 1

The Advanced 1 class was too big, so we were split into two very small classes. My teacher decided that we didn’t know enough practical vocabulary, so we spent every class talking and reading about sports, ways to describe people, the environment, jobs, travel, animals, etc.- everyday words that you think we would know, but we somehow missed. We did a little bit of grammar where the teacher could see we were lacking, but I think by Advanced 1 you should have grammar down pat, Persian grammar isn’t very complex.

Advanced 2

Advanced 2 is for reading the newspapers. This is the class that Iranian-khareji (usually Iranian-American) who are fluent speakers but just want to learn how to read and write get dumped in, much to the frustration of everyone else. I’m very fortunate that my class has none of them, but the Summer intensive was full of them. It’s a great class, and very useful for me. It sounds formal and ketabi and some of it is, but we end up learning a lot of practical vocabulary as well since we talk about everyday topics like sport, the environment, local news, science and health, politics (nothing too exciting, sorry polsci students), art and culture etc. Good stuff.

In both classes you will get a little bit of homework every day. In Advanced 1 we had to write five sentences using that day’s vocab plus finish a sheet. In Advanced 2 we have to read and then verbally summarise a small newspaper article, plus finish a page of our booklet.

Hearsay about other classes:

I have heard that the lower-level classes are much more book-based and grammar-based, which often frustrates students who are only in Iran for a short amount of time and want to practice speaking as much as possible. I understand their frustration, and felt the same way studying Persian in Australia, but to be honest it’s probably the job of any decent institution to teach you the language’s grammar (discussions about pedagogy aside). My suggestion for beginners to Persian who want to practice speaking more is to do it outside of class. Class is only from 9am-12pm every day. You are free for the rest of the day to get out on the streets and start chatting to Iranians. Do it.

The ‘normal’ classes are much more relaxed, only 3 afternoons a week. The students who take them are usually living in Iran for a longer period of time, and prefer not to have to study every day because they have work or because they want to socialise more or they just don’t like being stressed.

Finally, there are a number of additional classes.
– Reading & Writing 1 runs at the same time as the Intensives but after class (1-3pm I think), and is for people who really don’t know how to read and write but can speak.
– Reading & Writing 2 is more complex, it’s suggested you are at Advanced level before you take it. It also runs after the intensives at 1-3pm.
– Calligraphy: not sure, it runs in the afternoon sometime.
– Literature is for once you’ve finished Advanced 2 or can read and write Persian fluently. It runs at the same time as the ‘long terms’, I think. I hear it’s tough but enjoyable, the students who take it are only there for the love of the language, which makes for a great learning environment.
– According to the website there is also an art and culture class, but I haven’t heard anything about it?

Accommodation

Getting pretty tired now, my altruism is waning so this will be brief. You will be offered a place in one of the many khabgahs (dormitories) if you want to take it. Be aware that these are filthy, expensive, lock you out after 10:30pm, and you are going to be living six to a room. Some can hack it, some can’t, I haven’t actually lived in one just basked in the horror stories. If you are lucky you will be placed in nearby Velenjak, but many (usually the boys) are sent off to the middle of the city where it takes them an hour and a half to get to uni every day.

Areas near to Dehkhoda: Velenjak, Shemiran, Niyavaran, Farmaniyeh, Chizar, Qeytarieh, Elahiyeh, Zafaraniyeh, Asad Abad, Mahmoudiyeh. You can probably live as far as Vanak, about a 30min busride away. Any further and you are facing a long commute to make your 9am class in the Tehran morning traffic jam. You may have no other option though.

You have two other options: renting a room from Iranians, or (if you are going to be living here for a long time), renting your own apartment.

– Renting from Iranians: there is a noticeboard outside the level 4 office at Dehkhoda with notices for rooms for let. If you feel brave, stay in a hotel for a couple of nights when you first get here (or Couchsurf) and then try to arrange one of these. Typically you will live with Iranians, just renting one room from them. I am not sure how much a standard renter pays, but on the Lonely Planet forum I’ve seen about US$600 a month suggested as a price. My friends have had mixed experiences, much the same as renting in any sharehouse in Australia probably.

Keep in mind that if you live with a family, particularly one with older people, you are probably going to be bound to their rules. This might include coming home very early or constantly being asked what you are doing. Also keep in mind that the culture is different, so if you are a girl, I would try to avoid living with Iranian guys until you understand the rules a little better.

– Renting your own apartment: I have no idea how you would go about doing this. I personally wouldn’t do it until you have lived in Tehran for at least a month.

My circumstances were unique (I stayed with some extremely kind, wonderful friends of my family) so I am probably not much help to you.  I lived in two houses, in Niyavaran and Chizar (Qeytarieh), both about 40mins walk from Dehkhoda. I didn’t have any problems, my change of house was pre-arranged. Living with Iranians is the best thing you can do for your language. Not only are you forced to speak, but you also have access to TV/radio which is great for practising your listening. Both the families I live with also speak English, so when I got really stuck they were able to explain what they mean. I relied on this a lot in the first house, but now that my understanding has improved dramatically, I find that I’m not using English at all in the second house. I also was very fortunate to be fed delicious Iranian food by both families, this is an added perk if you can stay with a family!

Befriending Iranians

This is hard. Actually it depends. If you are a blonde young dude, you are not going to have any problems making friends. The ladies will throw their numbers at you. If you look Iranian, like me, nobody is going to look twice at you in the street.  As I mentioned before, Dehkhoda is only for khareji, so you are not going to be hanging around Iranians your age. There are no clubs or other ‘obvious’ points for youths to hang out (they cruise around the streets or have house parties or go to the mountains- none of which you can do until you make friends with them).

If you come during the university year, you can join university clubs, like mountain climbing, or pilates, or whatever. Whatever floats your boat. Dance classes are illegal but flourishing, I hear there is hiphop somewhere near Valiasr, find it. Couchsurfing is another good way to meet Iranians, who are often happy for you to practise your Farsi with them – you don’t actually have to sleep at their houses, just meet for coffee. Ask your teachers if they know someone you can practise your Farsi with. Go to art galleries. Do the same thing you would do upon moving to a new city. Iranians will be very keen to practise their English (or French if you speak French) – try to strike an even balance.

Girls, for the love of god do not give your number to any Iranian boys (unless you are genuinely interested). Not even if you just want to make new friends to hang out and practise your language with. They will harrass you until you change numbers. Islamic state means nothing, sexual harrassment is alive and well in Tehran.

Miscellaneous

– Money: Foreign cards don’t work. I brought in American dollars, in cash, and have been exchanging it slowly at the saraffi (money exchange). I find I go through about $100 every 2-3 weeks, I mostly buy food (snacks and lunches out), taxi fares, and phone credit. Occasionally I buy clothes and jewellery. I learned the hard way that chocolate and flowers are more expensive in Iran than in Australia. You will also need to pay for your course in riyal by putting in a money order (don’t worry, this is easy and the staff will explain how to do this to you).

Foreigners can open a bank account, but it’s not worth it unless you are going to live in Tehran for at least a year.

– Phones: easy to get a sim card from Tajrish square. MTN Iran or Irancell is good. Only Iranians can buy a simcard, but they will sell them to khareji and just put it in their name. You must get a sim card, phones are important to social life here.

– Clothes for women: A quick Google search will answer your queries. You technically do have to wear a manteau and rusari in class, but most teachers don’t care, and I strip off as soon as I enter the classroom. Do bring a pair of heels, important for parties.

OK, I hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a message, I think comments are enabled. I’m travelling around Iran after my course finishes soon but I will answer everything eventually.

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39 Responses to Studying at Loghatnameh Dehkhoda

  1. Dara says:

    If anyone interested to share an apartment with me from 30 October 2011 please let me know. my apartment is located in Dowlat ( not very far from Dehkhoda).

  2. Ken says:

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write this post! It’s the most informative info. I’ve read about Dehkhoda, where I’ve long been interested in studying. One question: were there any Americans studying there (not dual passport holder, but strictly American)? Thanks again.

  3. khalehkherseh says:

    Hi Ken, at the moment there are no students enrolled on an American passport. Dehkhoda prints out a little sheet that tells you the nationalities of all its students, so I’m sure of this. I’ve heard rumours that an American was let in once, but don’t know if it’s true. It’s worth a shot if you have no other passport, but if it fails you may be forfeiting your ability to get a tourist visa later on.

    Also Dara if you mean the area around istgahe Darvazeh Dowlat, it’s pretty far from Dehkhoda…

  4. MH says:

    Salaam,

    thanks for the really useful information. I, too, have been waiting for a visa to come study at dehkhoda, and I still have no visa with the course meant to begin in less than three weeks! I was just wondering if you’re sure that the ICPS will accept this temporary one-month student visa if I can get the embassy in Canberra to give me one? I’m only meant to be coming for a 6-week intensive course, so a 1-mo. temp visa will almost suffice. I don’t want to buy a ticket unless I have a visa, so it’s all a bit frantic here….

    Thanks again for your help.
    cheers.

    • khalehkherseh says:

      Hi, no you need to check with Ormazd first as to whether Dehkhoda will accept you on the entrance visa. They are quite strict so a one month temporary visa will definitely not suffice. Also, the embassy in Canberra will not give you an entrance visa unless you’re a Persian student at ANU (or maybe the ADF School of Languages?) and you have a letter of introduction from the Persian lecturer.

  5. MH says:

    thanks for your reply. in the end i didn’t need to do the “back-up” plan because my visa finally arrived, so i’ll be there in a fortnight! cheers

  6. faezeh says:

    salam
    i am happy there is somebody from the institute who is sharing her experiences . i m a native girl living rather near the Loghatnameh Dehkhoda . sometimes i pass the institute and look students getting back from . i like to communicate with them but unfortunately there is no way to get close . i dont know about the rules there . do students have any permission to have farsi friends ? are they even trying ( specially the girls ) or prefer having an isolated life here untill they finish their education ?

    • This is a weird comment, almost all khareji have Iranian friends, and plenty of Iranians approach khareji in the streets near Dehkhoda and become friends… maybe you feel awkward about approaching people. Stop being shy and just go and introduce yourself.

      • faezeh says:

        hi again
        infact the guard of institute scared me , he told me that students are under control and for my own good to stay away , now i found he is just a crazy man .
        i sometimes work as an aerobic instructor and have some information about gyms around there . if anybody need help leave me message
        this is my email : faezeh_kamyab@yahoo.com
        plz don’t hesitate to contact me

      • The guard is really nice… there are a lot of Iranians who try to ‘befriend’ khareji but really only want to steal from them. That’s probably why.

  7. Andy says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for writing up all this information. I’m a little worried about getting my visa on time now. Why do you say it’s harder than getting a straight tourist visa? I was denied a tourist one before (while studying at the CAIS in Canberra).
    Did you get a confirmation from Dehkhoda that all your documents were right? I sent mine off today and am already fretting that I won’t know until too late that I made a mistake.
    Also, I know there’s probably no way around this, but what if I nominated Canberra but have to leave the country before the visa comes for a third country? Reckon any embassy could access the number and grant me a visa? Or do Australians have to use the Australian embassy?
    Cheers,
    Andy

    • Sorry I completely missed this question, I’m almost 2 years too late! Hope you got your visa.
      For the reference of anyone reading these comments, once you have the authorisation number, any embassy should be able to give you the visa as long as you give them a few days’ advance warning that you can’t pick it up from Canberra/wherever.

  8. hasanabedi says:

    Hi,
    I’m just curious, were there any students that were under18 at the institute? I’m 15 years old right now and I’m considering to possibly apply for a course

  9. hasanabedi says:

    Hi,
    I’m curious, were there students that were under18? I’m 15 years old and I’m considering to apply for a Farsi course at the institute.

    • Hi Hasan,
      Yes, in my class there was a brother and sister under 18. They were half Iranian and half Taiwanese. I think you would have to get permission from your parents, otherwise no problem.

  10. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this helpful information.
    I was wondering if you could give me a hint on the application process when wanting to do two intensive courses. I would like to start in winter and stay for the spring course. Do I only have to apply for the winter course and then register for the spring course when I’m studying at Dekhoda? Or do I have to state in my application that I would like to stay for two terms?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Sarah,
      It doesn’t make a difference. I applied for the two intensives at once which I think is the slightly easier option. However many chose to stay on after enjoying the first intensive, and just got their visas extended then.

  11. Jean Lin says:

    Hi khalehkherseh, I found your blog today, very precious for me because I am attending an intensive course at Dehkhoda for 3 month on next 2013 august 31. I received my Visa number 2 days ago and go to the ambassy on monday. I am french and live in Paris.
    I have some questions:
    – if I take my personnal computer, a 11,6 “, can I connect in WIFI inside the university? in the dormitory? Is it usefull to take this computer?
    – is it easy to call by phone my parents and friends in France? May be I have better to take my mobile and buy a local SIM card (as you told) and make my international calling with my Rebtel account on this local phone (the calls are shunted by internet, so the cost is very low). Do you know anything about this? Do my friends from France can call me easily on my local SIM?

    I am sorry to have so many questions. Please answer freely.
    Thanks.
    Cheers.
    Jean

    • Hi Jean,

      Internet in Iran is average to slow, but for sites that require a filter (e.g. facebook, skype) it will be very very slow. My friend is living at the dorm now and I know she has had very slow internet access and very little Facebook access. However it’s worth taking your laptop just in case you can get wifi!

      When I was living with people, their wifi internet was fast enough to use Skype.

      It should be easy to call your family and friends in France. My friends could text me on my Iranian sim card, however I only made calls home on my Australian sim card (like you, via wifi, so cheaper).

      My friend at Dehkhoda now said that many of her fellow foreign students are French (this was also my experience) so if you have any France-specific questions I could ask her.

      Best of luck!

    • Oh and no, the university does not have wifi. It does have 4 computers in the library which you can use to get internet access, but they are painfully slow.

    • ellainiran says:

      Hi Jean! My name’s Ella and I’ll be in Dekhoda at the same time as you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

      • Jean Lin says:

        Hi Ella, in fact you will meet my son, Vincent, who arrives on august 28 very early in the morning.
        Cheers.

  12. ellainiran says:

    Hello! My name is Ella and I will be arriving in Dekhoda in two weeks.
    Scared and excited, after years of being interested in Iran and one and a half years of study, I think I am finally ready.
    Thanks so much for your advice in this post. I too am pissed off that staying in a dorm is “compulsory”. I am friends with and Iranian family who would be more than happy to have me…I think I am going to wait till I get there and try and fight it.
    This is my blog, by the way!
    http://dustareshoma.wordpress.com/about/

    Cheers,
    Ella

    • Hi Ella, good luck with your trip! If you’re 100% certain that the family is willing to host you for the whole time (and they’re not just ta’arof-ing – very rare if they are not your actual family, but you could offer to pay them rent), then hopefully it should be sufficient for them to write a letter when you get there. I wouldn’t pay for the dorm upfront, because it will be way too hard to get your money back.

    • Just had a quick squiz at your blog and saw that you’re from Sydney. Presuming you’ve hit up every chelo kababi in town already, get ready to be hit with the charbi-ness of kababis in Iran. Sadly khoresht is just as mediocre in Iranian restaurants as it is in Sydney. You truly do need to find someone to cook for you.

      Also yes you can leave the dorms for the weekend, and definitely travel during your 10-day holiday between intensives. My friend E will be there, say hi to her from me :)

      • ellainiran says:

        Mochakeram! I will look out for her…
        The family in question are the parents of two of my best friends – so I’m hoping it’s not ta’arof! I’m going to pay them rent even if they refuse to take it, which they have done. And yes, I’m from Sydney! What about you?

  13. Farideh says:

    Hello. My name is Farideh and I live in Sweden. First I want to say Thank you for your blogg. It was very useful and interesting. I am going to deh khoda the 27 of august. I will be there until 27 of januari to learn Farsi. But since I have an Iranian passport I can not live in the student dormitorium according to their new law which says that it is only for foreign student. I wonder if you know of any hostel or accommodation near the Deh khoda? If I can go there after arriving at the airport?

    • Hi Farideh,
      Unfortunately I don’t, but if you contact Dehkhoda again they can maybe help you with a homestay – before this law came in, they used to have a noticeboard with houses that rented out rooms to student. If that fails, set up a Couchsurfing account, and message people explaining your situation and asking if you can stay for a day or two when you first arrive. The people there are generous and I’m sure someone will be able to help you out. I actually wouldn’t recommend booking a hotel. Even though you’re Swedish, if you have an Iranian passport, hoteliers will be very reluctant to rent out a hotel room to a single girl.

  14. Tara Motazed Kivani says:

    Hello!
    My name is Tara, 25, and I am also from Sweden with and Iranian passport too. I am thinking about studying at Dehkhoda…most probably after new years, 25 January 2013. I have no idea what group they will put me in or if I will be accepted. I can speak iranian fluently for ‘everyday life’ matters, but not at all as an Iranian adult in Iran. And my reading and writing is less than a 3rd grader. Hehe. However from reading your WONDERFUL text it seems possible to study one or two intensives (each six weeks), go home and pick up another six weeks intensive later on and keep going like that?

    I have a ridiculous amount of questions….

    I think its so amazing that there is couchsurfing even in Iran. I have travelled a lot in my life and it makes me happy to hear about people from different nationalities wanting to go to Iran and experience it. Eventhough I have parents from there and a passport, it is not as easy at it seems to go to Iran for me, so you know :)

    Can I really not stay in the Velenjak dormitory because I have an iranian passport? Is the Velenjak dormitory good (the other ones you wrote about made me feel yucky). Uh…staying with an iranian family usually results in khastegari here, khastegari there and them being all up in your face about what you I am doing and I DONT WANT THAT.

    Also…like is it even reasonable for a woman to be out later than 10.30pm in Teheran nowerdays? Hmm..

    All the best,

    Tara

    • Hi Tara,

      Thanks for your message. If you can speak everyday Persian with no problems but want to learn more formal vocabulary, you would be put in Advanced 2. If you can’t read and write at all, they might put you in a lower level for a few weeks while you learn the alphabet, and then bump you up to Advanced 2. The only problem if you wanted to stay in Iran longer is that you don’t have any more classes to take after Advanced 2 (except for literature), but since you have an Iranian passport you could just get one of the teachers to tutor you privately, or take Advanced 2 as a normal afternoon course (3 months I think) instead of an intensive.

      The Velenjak dorms are the ones I was talking about. However I was there 2 years ago so maybe one of the other commenters can provide an updated perspective on how they are.

      Couchsurfing is great, although I’ve heard that the authorities are cracking down on it a bit, so best not to mention to any authorities that you intend on Couchsurfing!

      It probably depends on the family you stay with. I stayed with two really liberal families who both had dual citizenships with Western countries and so they were fine with me coming in and out all the time. Maybe it was different for me because I am a foreigner though.

      Maybe if you go in winter nobody will want to be out after 10:30! In summer the sun sets at 9 so it’s really nice to be out on the streets, especially during Ramazan :) But yes in general, you know how late Iranians eat, so if you are invited out to dinner or even just out with new friends then the curfew might be too late for you.

  15. Tara Motazed Kivani says:

    Thank you for your answer! It makes me happy!
    For me, I have family in some of the cities which I can go to on holidays and so on, and even some family in Teheran, but my first aim is to really learn the language very well. (Sometimes when you hang out with family in Iran, my guess is that it becomes a lot of hanging out and a little studying….and the experience of ‘doing it myself’ is gone..) I want to be able to teach my (maybe) future children good iranian, read persian litterature and be a part of the next positive generation :). Litterature after the advance course sounds amazing too.

    I hope I will make friends…there..as a woman. I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO GALLERIES, ANY KIND OF FESTIVALS OR ‘HAPPENINGS’, alone or with other people. Probably safest to only hang out with girls for me no?

    I will probably need to come to Sweden and Europe once in a while, if my wallet allows me, since I have work here I need to do too..I hope its going to be possible…

    It sounds so nice with the summer and all the fun things in the streets.

    And yes, it is very different how they treat a ‘real’ foreginer. I think there are a lot of perks for you :)

    Tara

  16. Jean Lin says:

    My son Vincent arrived two days ago to register in Dehkhoda institute. All seems well organized by the administrative board, he has payed the fees and had the first exam to test his skill in Persian? He got the result after some days. The main point I want to say is that he changed euros into IRR in a change office (not in a bank) for the exchange rate of 1€ = 37,000 IRR… this is great!

  17. Slima says:

    Hello everyone! First I would like to thank khalehkherseh for this useful blog! I too have applied for the 6,April 2014 session at ICPS. A lady in charge of the applications told me that that I would receive my visa number 10 days before the course start. But to me it is too short! Was it the same for you here? And when does the ICPS tell you that your application has been accepted? Will I really only know 10 days before that I am or not accepted?
    Thank you very much in advance for your help!

  18. footdad says:

    Hi !

    Your article gives a great number of informations, thank you for that.

    I would be interested in learning farsi in the same institute, but I have two questions :

    1) Is it still possible to rent a flat or live with a family ? The official website doesn’t mention this option.

    2) I am studying political sciences in France, would it be a problem in any way, or they don’t care at all ?

    Thank you !

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