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The Persian Language

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.

Program Sites

Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Dushanbe Language Center, American Councils for International Education
Jun 21, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Shabbir Abbas
Persian 2020
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
John Krzyzaniak
Persian 2016
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Tara Lynch-Ornstein
Persian 2007
Dushanbe, Tajikistan