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Welcome to the Persian Flagship Pre-Capstone Portal

Here you will find links and resources to help guide you through the Capstone application process and answer questions about the different program components. 

Persian Capstone Application

2019-2020 Program Dates

Estimated Costs

Persian House

Sample Schedule

Useful Links

Persian Capstone Application

The application for the Stateside Persian Capstone Year consists of 8 sections, two essays (one in English and one in Persian), and two letters of recommendation. Please be sure to request letters of recommendation from your professors early in the process so they have enough time to complete it for you. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your instructors and discuss your reason for applying to the Persian Capstone Year, your language proficiency, academic and professional goals, and also a bit about the program itself.

You will need to apply to the UMD Persian Summer Institute separately. You can find the application and other details online at You will need one letter of recommendation for this application, but you can use one of the same recommenders from your Capstone application - please note that they will either need to edit your letter to be specifically about the Summer Institute or they may write one letter recommending you for both the UMD Summer Institute and the Persian Capstone Year. 

The Deadline to submit your Application Will be February 2019

Your full application will be reviewed not only by Persian Flagship faculty and staff, but also by an external committee with representative from The Language Flagship and the Institute of International Education. Please submit the strongest application you can. Your full application will also include your pre-program proficiency scores from the American Councils test (February 2019).

2019-2020 Program Dates

The Persian Capstone Year consists of an intensive summer program through the UMD Summer Institute (Content Level) followed by two academic semesters at the University of Maryland. The dates for these programs are below:

UMD Summer Institute: June 3-August 2, 2019

Fall 2019 Semester: August 26-December 17, 2019

Spring 2020 Semester: Classes run from January 27-May 21, 2020. Post-program testing will take place between May 14-20, 2020.

2019-2020 Estimated Costs

Below is a breakdown of estimated costs for the 2019-2020 Stateside Persian Capstone Year. These numbers may change based on the location of the Persian House and UMD tuition announcements, but you may use the estimates below as a guideline for program costs. 

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Persian House

During their Capstone Year, students live in an innovative living/learning environment on or near campus, designed to simulate immersion. Each student signs a language pledge to speak only Persian in the house, and the media equipment in the home allows students to watch multiple TV channels and on-demand films in Persian.

There is a dedicated Persian Mentor who is with students in the Persian House leading cultural activities and encouraging conversations so students are able to experience a daily routine of dialogue and exchanging ideas in Persian. The cultural activities are designed to encourage high-level interaction and broaden vocabulary and expressions in topics beyond what students are learning in the classroom.

These activities may include:

  • Shopping for groceries at a local Persian store and cooking Persian meals together

  • Hosting social events with native speakers of Persian

  • Movie nights or watching a TV series together

  • Language workshops

  • Game nights

  • Listening to different genres of Persian music

  • Decorating for Persian holidays and celebrations

Students receive academic credit for participating in this living/learning environment component of the Persian Capstone Year.

Students sign individual leases with the designated apartment, and these leases typically run from late August until the end of July in the following year. 

Sample Student Schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the Fall semester. Please note that all Capstone classes take place in the morning, and the afternoon time is for language partner meetings, cultural workshops and clubs, language clinics and other activities. The afternoon schedule is created based on Capstone students' schedules and commitments for that semester. 

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The Language Flagship
The Persian Flagship is part of a network of 27 Flagship Programs at 22 institutions of higher education across the US, and The Language Flagship provides funding for our program.

American Councils for International Education:   
American Councils administers the Critical Language Scholarship and overseas program in Tajikistan, among many other international programs. We partner with ACIE to administer the pre- and post-program testing for Persian Capstone students.

Description of ILR Levels
Here you can find a detailed explanation of the different ratings for each skill: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. This is particularly useful to take a look at levels 2-3 to see view the different expectations and skills needed.

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking
Here you can read about the ACTFL proficiency guidelines for Speaking (for your Oral Proficiency Interview). You can explore the Guidelines by skill or by level, listen to and read samples in English that represent abilities at each of the major proficiency levels. 

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