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Persian language study in CEUS

The Persian program in the Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) offers students a great opportunity to learn an ancient language of politics and culture, a language now spoken by over 100 million people in Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

Every year, we offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced Persian classes taught by professional and enthusiastic native speakers.

During the summer, SWSEEL offers courses in Persian’s close cousin, Tajik.

Persian language learning as part of the CEUS minor

Fulfill your foreign language requirement in a small class with dedicated teachers. Take two years of Persian and just one more literature or culture class, and you can obtain a minor in Iranian Studies from the Department of Central Eurasian Studies—a real plus for your resume.

Why study Persian?

Every day, there’s news from Iran or Afghanistan on TV, radio, newspapers, and the web. To really understand events that are shaping the world today, learn Persian: the official language of Iran and Afghanistan.

Persian is the easiest Middle Eastern language for English speakers to learn. Knowledge of Persian will help you learn Turkic, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, and other languages and pursue a variety of exciting careers in government, international business, or education.

Long before French or English, Persian was the international language.  Architecture, music, novels, painting: Persian language is the key to the beauties of medieval Persian culture – and a vibrant modern culture as well.

Iranian film makers are pushing the boundaries with some of the most exciting movies in modern times. The challenging ideas of Iran’s modern intellectuals have been shaping reform and revolution throughout the whole Muslim and developing world.

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Common Phrases:

Salam - Hello

Ismi farsi-e-man Hafiz ast - My Farsi name is Hafiz

Khuda Hafez - Take care (Goodbye)



Persian at IU