Welcome to the LUMS Urdu Language Program!

Located on the campus of the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences, the program features Urdu language instruction at all levels. Students will have the opportunity to study Urdu in an immersive environment, with four hours of daily instruction, and also to be introduced to Pakistani society and culture through living in and exploring a major South Asian metropolis. The program also includes field trips, guest speakers, and personal tutorials in addition to classroom instruction. This course emphasizes the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a pedagogy that takes an active learning, student-centered approach. Our faculty boast years of experience teaching Urdu as a second language both in the US and Pakistan.

Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in South Asia, LUMS boasts a secure campus where students will be housed in hostels, and have access to the library, gym, swimming pool, dining facilities, medical centre, and other university amenities and student services. The LUMS Urdu Language Program is housed in the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is a cooperative effort of the Centre for Continuing Education Studies, the Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature, and the LUMS International Office.

In Lahore, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in a world of Urdu both inside and outside of the classroom. Not only they will be able to explore the city of Urdu literary giants such as Allama Iqbal and Saadat Hasan Manto, but also have the chance to be surrounded by Urdu in public spaces and media, and most importantly to experience daily interactions in the language.

For further details regarding curriculum, costing and application procedures, please review the following information sheet: ULP Prospective Student Info


For any further inquiries contact: urdu@lums.edu.pk

  • Spring 2022 Semester Session:

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

    Start Date: January 18-May 11, 2022

  • Summer 2022 Session:

    Application Deadline: TBA

    Start Date: Early June


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Instructors Profile

Faiza Saleem is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Center for Continuing Education. She has an extensive and diverse experience of teaching Urdu as a foreign language at graduate and post graduate levels. Faiza is currently working as a Pedagogy Development Associate (RA) at Gurmani Center MGSHSS at LUMS. She has taught on the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan since 2014, at the University of Virginia, and also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's South Asia Summer Language Institute. Faiza completed her PhD in Linguistics in 2019. Her research interests include; language pedagogy, language and gender socialization, and early childhood gender socialization in primary schools. She was awarded the Fulbright FLTA scholarship for the year 2013-14 as well as the Berkeley Urdu Teaching Training Fellowship, which was hosted by the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.