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Special Programs

Less Commonly Taught Languages

UMD students interested in studying Norwegian, Quechua, Urdu, Vietnamese, and other less commonly taught languages can do so through CourseShare courses. Learn more about this program and how to register.


Special Programs in Arabic and Persian

Learn more about the special programs in Arabic and Persian, including the Arabic and Persian language flagships.

Education Abroad

There are numerous education abroad opportunities available to SLLC students:

Language House Living and Learning Program

Open to sophomores and above, the Language House Immersion Program provides students serious about language learning with the opportunity for daily language and cultural immersion in an organized study environment. Learn more about the Language House.

Language Partner Program

SLLC-ISSS Language Partner Program (LPP) offers majors or minors in any SLLC program at UMD the opportunity to meet with international students outside the classroom and practice their target language in an informal yet structured way. For international students, the LPP provides a forum for connecting with U.S. students and integrating into the UMD campus.

Summer Language Institute

The Language Flagships


Arabic Flagship

Explore the Arabic Flagship

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Persian Flagship

Explore the Persian Flagship

Special Programs Contacts

Nahal Akbari-Saneh

Associate Clinical Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Clinical Professor and Persian Flagship Program Director, Persian
Associate Clinical Professor, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

3112 H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-9910

Peter Glanville

Associate Professor, Associate Director for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor and Arabic Flagship Program Director, Arabic

3126 H.J. Patterson Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-9269

Marilyn Matar

Clinical Assistant Professor and LH Director, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Director, Language House
Clinical Assistant Professor, French
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow, College of Arts and Humanities

0107A St. Mary's Hall
College Park MD, 20742