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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.