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CLS Persian فارسی

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Requires One Year of Prior Study

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 Tajik 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 Tajik dialects and set yourself apart with a rare immersive experience.

Featured Alumni Profiles

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  • Daniel Bromberg
    CLS Persian 2015
    Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Alumni Ambassador

  • Emily Goshey
    CLS Persian 2014
    Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Alumni Ambassador

  • Belle Cheves
    CLS Persian 2014
    Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Alumni Ambassador

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