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School of Languages and Literatures

Welcome to Penn State’s School of Languages and Literatures. 

The School of Languages and Literatures 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, click on the Language Portal.  For information about how to demonstrate language proficiency (or acquire language credits through Credit by Examination), click on the Language Proficiency link.