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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

Language Flagships

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.

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Use the directory to connect with someone in Special Programs in Arabic and Persian, or browse the entire SLLC directory.

We hold several Information Sessions throughout the semester for prospective students who want to learn more about the Arabic and Persian Flagship Programs. The Spring 2024 Info Sessions are on the following dates:

Thursday, February 15th, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, March 26th, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday, April 25th, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Sign up to receive the Zoom Link here. 



About The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship Logo of Three colored squares connected

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.

UMD Fellows

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

More Information about Global Fellows

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Contact Us

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

3110 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