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Language Study

Penn offers more South Asian language training than anywhere in North America and perhaps anywhere outside of South Asia itself.  We offer virtually all of India's official languages (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Panjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, etc.) as well as the languages of Pakistan (Urdu), Bangladesh (Bengali), Afghanistan (Pastho), and Sri Lanka (Sinhala).  In addition, our department continues to build on our heritage as one of the world's leading centers for the study of South Asia's Classical Languages, including Sanskrit and Pali.

 

Our students discuss the reasons you should study a South Asian language.

 

 

Languages offered in the South Asia Studies Department

Bengali

Panjabi

Gujarati

Pashto

Hindi

Sanskrit

Kannada

Tamil

Malayalam

Telugu

Marathi

Urdu

Pali

 

  

 

 

RICH CHAUDHARY, SAST AND BIOLOGY, C'16.

"I think FLAS is a great opportunity offered by the  Department and would encourage students interested in any South Asian language to apply for FLAS. FLAS rewards interested and motivated students to learn languages that will definitely benefit them in the future - it's a win-win situation." Read more.

Rich Chaudhary, SAST Major, C'16.