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Why study South Asia

South Asia is a name for the region that refers to several countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bhutan.  Collectively, these nations make up more than 1/6th of the globe's population.  It is a place of one of the world's oldest civilizations and also, currently, one of the most vibrant and important centers of global culture, from an economic, political and social point of view.  It's a region that is becoming increasingly prominent and will generate opportunities and careers world over.

Penn is proud of its South Asia Studies program, which is the oldest in America and, arguably, the most prestigious and diverse. Its resources include its distinguished faculty members, who teach a multi disciplinary curriculum; and a dedicated South Asia Studies library, which holds digital and print collections.