Persian is an important language of the Middle East and Central Asia. It has about 62 million native speakers, ranking it among the world’s 20 most widely spoken first languages; another 50 million or more speak it as a second language. The critical need for this language stems from the region’s strategic importance and the challenge of improving U.S.-Iranian relations. Some jobs available to Americans who study Persian include the government sector, journalism, and political analysis (“think tanks”).

The Language Flagship sponsors a Persian Flagship program at the University of Maryland, providing undergraduate students with pathways to professional-level proficiency in Persian alongside the academic major of their choice. Read more below about the Persian Flagship program and start your journey towards becoming a global professional today!