Critical Language Scholarship Program | Persian
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The Persian Language

No Prior Language Study Required

Persian is one of the world's ancient languages, once the lingua franca of an empire that spread across an enormous swathe of the Old World. Persian was the language of ancient cultures across Western and Central Asia, and many of the Islamic intellectuals, such as Avicenna, that later inspired the Renaissance in Europe did all of their writing in Persian. Today, Persian continues to be spoken widely throughout the same region in the form of three main dialects: Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan (where it is the language of cross-cultural communication), and Tajiki in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Studying Persian is the gateway to this fascinating part of the world. Through the CLS Program, you'll have the unique opportunity to learn both the Farsi and Tajiki dialects and set yourself apart with a rare immersive experience.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Tara Lynch-Ornstein
Persian 2007
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Rhys Leahy
Persian 2014
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Shabbir Abbas
Persian 2020
Dushanbe, Tajikistan