Persian

 

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!