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.

If you are interested in studying a language not offered at Penn State, you may be able to do that through the BTAA CourseShare initiative. For further information and help with finding out whether you may study a specific language while at Penn State, please contact the Penn State CourseShare coordinator Elena Galinova.

Information on all languages offered at Penn State – University Park

The Language Portal