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The Near East Collections at Princeton University Library: LANGUAGES

This guide will introduce you to the history and scope of our Near East Collections here at Princeton University Library, and will also give you the basic tools you will need to start navigating the Collections themselves.


The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.  For more information, click here.


Princeton acknowledges a variety of Summer Language Programs that are offered at institutions in the United States and abroad. 

For more information on Princeton's Study Abroad Program , please contact the Office of International Programs

It might also be helpful to review the advice of the Near Eastern Studies Department.

Summer FLAS information and criteria for student fellowship eligibility may be found here.


Some graduate students may be expected to take Reading Proficiency Exams in order to fulfill their department's language requirements.

The Graduate School at Princeton University offers an intensive Summer Language Program in selected foreign languages to assist graduate students in acquiring a reading proficiency "normally adequate to satisfy departmental language requirements".


Qur'anic tile in kashi-gari style. 19th Century. Ceramic with underglaze painting and clear glaze. 198.0 cm x 48.3 cm (77 15/16 x 19 in). Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection. 2008-1066. Photo: Bruce M. White. 


Border, illuminated with animal and floral decoration in gold, from Divan-i Hafiz. Gift of Robert Garrett, Class of 1897; 1942.


Composite Image of border tile with cintamani design. Second half of the 16th century. Ceramic with underglaze painting. h. 12.4cm, w. 25.5 cm, d. 1.8 cm (47/8 x 10 1/16 x 11/16 in). Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Gilbert Bagnani in honor of Dorothy Burr Thompson and Homer A. Thompson. y1989-43. 


Border, illuminated with floral decoration in gold, from Kulliyat-i Sauda. Gift of Robert Garrett, Class of 1897; 1942.


The Near East Collections do contain some Urdu materials, but it is not a focus of the NEC.  For more information on the Urdu language, please refer to the Library Guides for South Asian Studies.