Congratulations to Ms. Sarabi! It is with great pleasure that I share with you the message from Professor Jelen announcing Ms. Niloo Sarabi, our PhD candidate in Persian and Comparative Literature, as the winner of this year’s Comparative Literature essay contest. READ MORE

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Welcome to Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.

Established in fall 2004, the Institute aspires to be the premier center for the study and appreciation of Persian culture in the United States. Toward this end, Roshan Institute seeks to:

  • Provide outstanding course offerings and programs in Persian language, literature, history, and culture.
  • Foster communication and community ties among people of Persian heritage and those interested in Persian cultural heritage.
  • Serve as a model for encouraging intercultural communication among people of varying backgrounds.

Persian Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following degree programs:


Among the eight Boren recipients, seven are majoring, minoring or have a second major at SLLC
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