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1st-Year Pashto

Participants in First-Year Pashto learn to understand and speak Pashto at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an Pashto-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in Pashto. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for interacting effectively in a Pashto-speaking community.

Participants study 4 hours a day (3 hours of independent study using exercises on Canvas and 1 hour of face-to-face discussion via ZOOM) and earn 8 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits of First-Year Pashto. This course is offered online only and will not meet on the Bloomington campus.

Each participant enrolled in the course must have access to: a computer, webcam, headset, scanner or smartphone with ability to take photos to submit assignments, ZOOM, and VoiceThread.

All courses are contingent upon enrollment and funding.

June 4 - July 27, 2018

The summer program consists of two 4-week courses, with participants receiving grades for each. No classes will meet on July 4.

Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, participate in the Summer Language Workshop. The staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.


All Workshop participants pay in-state tuition.

Credit Hours Estimated Cost per Credit Hour (based on 2017 rates) Fees Total
Undergraduate 8 $285 $390 $2670
Graduate 6 $365 $330 $2520

These rates are estimates. 2018 rates will be posted here as soon as they are published.


Workshop Application Fee: None. The Workshop has no application fee.

Workshop Fee: $150 (non refundable; charged after enrollment)

Indiana University Fees: Distance education fee.
Indiana University charges a distance education fee of $30 per credit hour to support online education throughout the university. For more information on this fee, please visit IU Online or contact Student Central.

International Participants: $65 application fee through the Office of International Services.

All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the IU Office of the Bursar Rates and Policies for official tuition and fee information.

Rahman Arman

Rahman Arman

Dr. Rahman Arman is originally from Afghanistan. He grew up speaking and studying the Afghan Languages of Pashto and Dari. He has joined Indiana University’s Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) in October 2007 as a Pashto materials developer and soon started teaching Pashto and Dari classes for the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) during the academic year and for the Summer Language Workshop (SLW). He also has taught Pashto for three summers at the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at the University Of Wisconsin–Madison. Rahman is the author of elementary and intermediate Dari textbooks published by Georgetown University Press, and he is the developer of IU’s Online Language Courses in Pashto and Dari.