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The Persian program at The University of Pittsburgh is committed to training the next generation of Persian langauge speakers. Students in the program have the opportunity to study up to eight levels of Persian language including traning in oral, reading, writing, and cultural skills. Several generous scholarship opportunities are available to study the Perisan language for undergraduate and graduate students.

Courses Offered

  • Persian 1: PERS 0101
  • Persian 2: PERS 0102
  • Persian 3: PERS 0103
  • Persian 4: PERS 0104
  • Persian 5: PERS 1901
  • Persian 6: PERS 1901

Why Study Persian?

Use Persian to Get Pitt Credentials



Shukuh Ghaznavi (srg41@pitt.edu)has taught Persian since 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised and Iran, Shukuh focused her training on addressing the country-wide literacy problems in Iran. She studied and graduated from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran and worked seval years at Nisco in Iran. At the core of her work is her passion to share knowledge and training about the Persian culture with young people. In an ever-growing global community, she deeply believes in the importance of traning young people the linguistic and communication skills required to become knowledgable and proud global citizens.

Persian Outside the Classroom

  • Persian Panthers
  • Persian Student Association
  • The Center of Iranian Music

Useful Links

Study Persian in Tajikistan

Are you interested in Study Abroad? Check out the LCTL Study Abroad page to learn how to study Persian in Tajikstan!

Did You Know?

Iranian poets, like Rumi, Khayyam are world renown. The poetry of Saadi is inscribed on the United Nation building's entrance.

Did You Know?

Iran is one of the oldest continuous populations, with settlements dating back to 4000 B.C.

Did You Know?

Iran is one of the largest producers of caviar, pistachios, and saffron

Did You Know?

Modern Persian language has six vowels, three long vowels and three short vowels and also a few words have compound vowels.

Did You Know?

Persian grammar is exceptionally simple! There are no capital letters, grammatical genders, or irregular verb conjucations!

Did You Know?

Persian is an offical language of Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan

Did You Know?

There are 130 million Persian speakers in the world.

What Do Students Say?


My background in Farsi has opened up so many opportunities for me; I am very grateful for this program and its positive influence on my life.

-Amanda, '16


Thanks to Persian, I have been a popular candidate at several career fairs and opportunities all over the world!

-Joseph, '13


My Persian studies at Pitt have helped me academically, professionally, and personally innumerous ways.

- Kate, '12

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