University of Maryland, College Park
The Persian Flagship Program at the University of Maryland, College Park offers a state-of-the-art language education curriculum. A variety of small size language courses, content-based instruction in sheltered courses, and content area courses on Iranian media, cinema, politics, culture, and history are offered. Students benefit from a multitude of Persian cultural events, film festivals, lectures and academic conferences that regularly take place at UMD or are organized by the sizable Iranian-American community in the greater Washington DC area. Maryland’s close proximity to DC also provides students with the option of pursuing internships with private or public organizations, enabling them to use their Persian in a diverse number of career settings.
Persian Flagship Undergraduate Program
The Persian Flagship Undergraduate Program is open to any degree-seeking student at the University of Maryland who is willing to make a serious, long-term commitment to learning Persian. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to attain professional level language proficiency (ILR 3 and above), sufficient to study or work in the language, while pursuing an undergraduate major of their choosing. The Undergraduate Program does not require study of Persian prior to arriving at UMD, however, heritage learners of Persian are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Undergraduate flagship students benefit from:
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Persian Flagship Program
Persian Overseas Flagship Program*
American Councils with Bryn Mawr College
The Overseas Persian Flagship Program, administered by American Councils, is designed to address the need for greater numbers of U.S. professionals in business, government, and academia that are able to speak, read, understand, and write Persian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. With guidance by the Persian Overseas Flagship Academic Council, summer and yearlong programs consist of regular tutorials and small group instruction combined with formal and informal professional language utilization.
Participants in the Persian Overseas Flagship Program will study Persian during their studies at Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey. Students attend lectures and seminars in their fields of specialization, reside with local host families, work regularly with peer tutors, and participate in internships with local NGOs, government, or businesses. Undergraduate students who have achieved Intermediate-Mid or Intermediate-High level and graduate students who have already achieved the Advanced-Mid or Advanced-High level in at least two modalities in Persian are eligible to apply for this program. Heritage speakers are also welcome to apply. Students receive academic credit for undergraduate courses through Bryn Mawr College or the University of Maryland. Support services include mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.; accident and illness insurance; a full-time U.S. resident director; and American Councils offices in Washington, D.C.
*Administered by American Councils for International Education