Welcome to Arabic & Persian at Maryland.
Please choose a program below:


Arabic Flagship

Persian Flagship

Persian Capstone

Summer Institute

Project GO


For information about major and minor programs, please visit sllc.umd.edu

For information about major and minor programs, please visit sllc.umd.edu

Other University of Maryland Programs

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The Language House

is a living-learning immersion experience located in the center of campus. Students in the Arabic cluster commit to speaking only Arabic inside the apartment, and participate in a variety of clubs and events to reinforce their language and cultural knowledge.

Education Abroad

helps students from all over UMD find the perfect study abroad program for them. Students can find opportunities to study abroad during their summer, winter, and spring breaks as well as semester-long programs and more. Many programs are available in the Middle East, including Morocco, Jordan, and Tajikistan.

The SLLC Language Partner Program

is available to Arabic majors and minors and matches students with a native speaking language partner for cultural and language exchange. Students earn credit for participation and make lasting friendships.

Middle Eastern Studies Minor

is a great addition to any Arabic or Persian student's language study. The MESM program aims to increase the awareness of the Middle East and North Africa, to enhance understanding of the region's diverse peoples, lands, and cultures and to broaden historical and contemporary perspectives. Arabic and Persian language and content courses can be counted towards MESM requirements.

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The Career Center

is a fantastic resource for all UMD students looking to research careers, polish their resume, write a cover letter, or practice for a job interview. Dedicated staff are available year round to help students with their individual needs, as well as offering a variety of open lectures and workshops dedicated to topics such as getting the most out of your LinkedIn account or making the decision between Graduate and Law school.

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is part of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. This research organization provides students with a wealth of resources and opportunities, including a minor in Global Terrorism, internships, study abroad programs, and career development programs.

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The Federal Semester Program

is designed to give students a head start in their federal careers. Students take a seminar course in the fall taught by an industry expert and then work in the field during the spring with an internship in a public service organization, embassy, or government agency.

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The Global Semester Program

is modeled on the highly successful Federal Semester program, but focuses on global leadership and policy. Much like the Federal Semester, Global Semester students take a seminar class and complete a relevant internship to complete their program. Global Semester students can follow three different tracks: Responses to Global Challenges, Science Diplomacy, or U.S. Diplomacy.


The Language Science Center

incorporates UMD’s 200+ language scientists who are found in 17 different departments and research centers. The LSC provides a home base for language research, training, and more. This great organization provides bridges between UMD students, staff, and faculty, as well as to outside spheres such as government and policy.


The Center for Advanced Study of Language

is a DoD funded research center focused on addressing the language needs of the intelligence community. CASL researches language learning, linguistics, and other related fields, and provides great opportunities for students in the form of internships and research assistantships.


The National Foreign Language Center

is a research institute dedicated to promoting foreign language learning and publishing their findings to inform policy-makers. The NFLC works on many Arabic related projects every year and provides many opportunities for interested students to intern and work with their research.

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