Languages Offered

The University of Pennsylvania offers instruction in well over 50 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch and so on. In addition to the language courses that are offered as part of the degree programs in various majors, the unique institution of the Penn Language Center allows the University to offer a wide variety of less commonly taught languages, as well as other language courses for special purposes.

African Studies

(Offered through the Penn Language Center and the African Studies Center) Amharic, Swahili, Twi, Yoruba, Zulu, and tutorials in various African languages (currently Igbo, Setswana, Shona, Wolof)

Classical Studies

Classical and Medieval Latin, Ancient Greek and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Modern Greek

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Cantonese, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Dutch, German, Yiddish and Swedish


(Offered through the Penn Language Center) American Sign Language and Irish Gaelic

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Akkadian, Arabic, Avestan/Old Persian, Hittite, Modern and Biblical Hebrew, Sumerian, Syriac, Old Egyptian and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Persian and Turkish

Romance Languages

French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Judeo-Spanish (Ladino)

Slavic Languages

Russian and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Ukrainian

South Asia Studies

Gujarati, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and (offered through the Penn Language Center) Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Panjabi, Pashto, Tamil and Telugu.

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