What Students Say

Mélisande Bizoirre
PhD Student, History of Art( Islamic Art), Université d’Aix-Marseillle

“A wonderful experience through Iran. Diverse courses, theoretical and practical, and visits of the most beautiful monuments of the country. A very kind and welcoming organization team. I really learn a lot during this course, and enjoy the country.”


Betty Lou Hensellek
PhD Candidate, History of Art, Cornell University

“I would like to express gratitude for a fantastic course this summer. It really was a pleasure to take part in the course, not only learning about Islamic Art, but especially meeting and getting to know everyone there!”


ISHIDA Yuri, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Osaka University of Economics and Law

“Wisdom of Islamic Art” could be the best program to experimentally learn several fields of Islamic art. For example, we have a lecture of architecture in the very same construction; after a calligraphy lecture, we try to make a calligraphic work by own hands; musicians make a performance in front of us and we try to play their instruments. We visit many museums and historical heritages in Tehran, Qom, Kashan and Isfahan. The course is not easy because graduate school level’s lectures are running from early in the morning to late at night. However, you can make close relationships between other participants from all over the world, Japan, USA, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, the Netherlands etc., and this network will help your future study. Lastly, I have to say the best thing what I learn experimentally during this course is Iranian hospitality of staffs. If it is the first trip to Iran for you, you cannot feel any difficulties as a foreigner owning to their friendly support.”


Andrew Kosorok (Artist)

This was an excellent opportunity as an artist navigating the Christian/Muslim intersection as well as for spiritual art in general.


Dilan Atasayar (Student)

I met with lots of different personalities and sources that I can use in future. It was nice an investment for my future.


Evgeniya M. Karlova (Professor):

I love the idea of combination of lectures and visiting places.


Sümeyra Ocak (PhD student)

If you want to visit Iran’s most popular places and learn a lot at the same time and also meet kind and good Iranian friends you should attend one of ISOA courses.


YILDIZ IBRAM (Ceramic Artist)

Don’t waste your time, go and study at the ISOA.


Jennifer Gnana (Journalist)

I would highly recommend this course based on the quality of lectures, the variety and excellent organization and group dynamics.


Betty Lou Hensellek (PhD student)

It really was a pleasure to take part in the course, not only learning about Islamic Art, but especially meeting and getting to know everyone there!


Yuri ISHIDA (Professor)

“Wisdom of Islamic Art” could be the best program to experimentally learn several fields of Islamic art.