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BYU is First to Offer Azerbaijani

March 2023

President Worthen with Azerbaijani ambassador

Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States recently recognized BYU as the first US university to offer Azerbaijani 101. “BYU teaches not only about the language but about the culture too. The cultural nuance of a people is integral in understanding their language,” said ambassador Khazar Ibrahim. Ibrahim said his country will provide two scholarships for BYU students looking to study in Azerbaijan, a predominantly Muslim country that connects Europe and Central Asia and is a melting pot of world cultures. The Azerbaijani class of 11 students is being taught by BYU senior and polyglot Andrew Bonney. He served a mission in Azerbaijan’s neighboring country of Armenia.

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