Welcome to Penn State’s School of Global Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University Park campus of Penn State is an administrative structure that includes the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. The School also includes the Center for Global Studies (a federally funded Title VI National Resource Center), the Summer Language Institute, and the Less Commonly Taught Languages Initiative. The School’s purpose is to promote the study and knowledge of languages, literatures, and cultures worldwide.  Its member departments offer graduate and undergraduate degrees, study abroad programs, student research opportunities, internships, etc.; for details, click on the boxes below.

For access to information about all languages taught at Penn State – University Park, see our Language Portal.  For information about how to demonstrate language proficiency (or acquire language credits through Credit by Examination), see our Language Proficiency Certification page.

Intermediate Swahili (SWA 003) is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Please reach out to Elena Galinova for more information.

Information on all languages offered at Penn State – University Park

The Language Portal