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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

 

  

 

 

Jacob Berexa, SAST and Linguistics, C'18.

"I encourage anyone studying a South Asian language to apply for the FLAS fellowship. To put it simply, you are getting paid to study something you love!" Read more.