Due to regional instability, this program has been suspended until further notice.
Xebatên Ziman û Çanda Kurdî
This ground-breaking Kurdish Language and Culture Studies (KLCS) study abroad program is an intensive two-month summer program based in Istanbul, Turkey designed to engage participants in the language and culture of the Middle East's fourth largest ethnic group: the Kurds. Istanbul is sometimes referred to as the largest "Kurdish" city in world due to the size of its Kurdish population. The UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies will run this program in partnership with institutions in Istanbul and the Kurdish Studies Association (US) and is the first-ever Kurdish-focused summer study abroad program.
Language director: Deniz Ekici
- Students at University of Arizona
- Students at other universities in the U.S. and from other countries
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate students
- Non-students (faculty, professionals, etc). Applicants in this category: please contact program director before applying.
- First-year Kurdish (Kurmanji), which includes 120 hours of instruction
- Kurdish Culture and Society, a 3-credit seminar course
- Housing (combination of homestays and dorms)
- Accommodation during overnight excursions (double or triple rooms)
- Partial board during homestays and excursions (2 meals per day)
- Turkish mobile phone and SIM card (mobile plan not included)
- In-country travel associated with program activities
- 20 hours of one-on-one practice with a local language partner
- Airfare to and from Turkey
- Passport and visa costs
- Mobile plan for phone
- Course books and associated materials (ie dictionaries)
- Meals in Diyarbakir that are not provided by homestay family
- Local transportation costs to and from classes
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies does not provide scholarships for study abroad programs. However, students in the past have been able to procure funding from various sources in order to participate in these programs. Good advice on seeking funding be found at GoAbroad.
The time to learn Kurdish has come.
Photo credits: City Walls (Amed), Christian Sinclair; Dance Line (Nisêbîn), Robert Leutheuser; Restaurant Sign (Amed), Christian Sinclair; Kurdish Scarves (Amed), Christian Sinclair; Cê Ma Cafe (Çewlig), Mehmet Kurt.