Special Programs in Arabic and Persian
Welcome to the special programs in Arabic and Persian at the University of Maryland.
Explore Special Programs in Arabic and Persian
The Language Flagships at UMD
The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC) in UMD's College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) offers flagship programs in Arabic and Persian.
Special Programs in Arabic
We are proud to be one of only seven Arabic Flagships in the nation. Our mission is to create the next generation of global professionals who speak Arabic at a professional level and possess deep knowledge about the many cultures of the modern Middle East. Our Arabic program at UMD is hosted in a high-quality university that offers many areas of study, and we have created a strong and vibrant community for Arabic learning.
Special Programs in Persian
As the only Persian Flagship Program in the United States, the University of Maryland's Undergraduate Persian Flagship offers a state of the art language curriculum that aims to educate global professionals with superior command of Persian and a deep understanding of the life and cultures of the Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Use the directory to connect with someone in Special Programs in Arabic and Persian, or browse the entire SLLC directory.
About The Language Flagship
The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. Flagship offers language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
The Language Flagship is a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the Department of Defense and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government or IIE and no official Government or IIE endorsement should be inferred.
Arabic and Persian Flagship Students are encouraged to pair their language and culture skills with the UMD Fellows programs, which allow them to put their knowledge into practice through a yearlong fellowship program that combines expert-led seminar courses in the fall with highly competitive internship placements in the spring.
The UMD Fellows programs combine with Flagship to give you comprehensive training and career preparation.
More information about Maryland Fellows
More information about Federal Fellows
Beyond the Classroom
Language Partner Program
The Language Partner Program (LPP) offers majors 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.
Students complete their Capstone Year here at the University of Maryland during their fourth or fifth year of studies. This intensive year of Persian is designed so Advanced speakers of Persian can attain Superior level (3 on ILR scale) proficiency.Learn more about the Persian Captstone year
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Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Assistant Clinical Professor and Persian Flagship Program Director, Persian
Assistant Clinical Professor, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor and Arabic Flagship Program Director, Arabic
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