Learn a South Asian Language in India with the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

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The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) offers intensive, immersion-based training in modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India.

For more than five decades, AIIS language programs in India have been crucial to most U.S.-based scholars of South Asian area studies in the humanities and social science disciplines. Area experts employed in government, NGOs, and the private sector have also benefited. More than 4,000 students have completed programs through the Institute.

We are now accepting applications for our 2019-20 summer, semester, and academic year programs.


Language instruction is offered at program sites located throughout India, in areas where those languages are commonly spoken.

Courses regularly include Bengali (Bangla), Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Mughal Persian, Pali/Prakrit, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and more.


Undergraduates, graduate students, and language teachers are eligible to apply, as well as those who have received a degree and are preparing for further study or for a future career. Specific eligibility requirements vary depending on the language and program. See our website for more details.

Financial Aid 

AIIS offers a number of full fellowships to qualified applicants for the academic year and semester programs. AIIS has limited financial aid for summer students. Applicants should also apply for funding from their home institutions or other sources.

Full funding from the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program is available for the summer programs in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 31, 2018.

More Information

For more information and application guidelines, visit


About AIIS

Since 1961, American knowledge of India has been shaped by the American Institute of Indian Studies. Learn more at www.indiastudies.org

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