The School of Languages and Literatures at the University Park campus of Penn State is an administrative structure that includes the Asian Studies Program, 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's purpose is to promote the study and knowledge of foreign and second languages and literatures, particularly where the interests of language and literature intersect.

Students and advisors seeking information about how to demonstrate language proficiency (or acquire language credits through Credit by Examination) should click on the "Language Proficiency" link on this page. The button below will navigate you to the payment website for the Proficiency Certification.

Penn State also includes several other departments and programs at University Park whose curricula and research relate to languages and literatures. They are also listed below.

*The STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State will begin accepting application for Summer 2014 soon! Please see the Language Institute webpage for details. Applications will be posted in late March!

Member Units of the School of Languages and Literatures

Department of Asian Studies
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of French and Francophone Studies
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Other Language and Literature Units at Penn State

Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of English
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education & Research (CALPER)
Center for Language Acquisition (CLA)
Global Studies Institute (Title VI National Resource Center)
Intensive English Communication Program
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Jewish Studies Program
Language and Literacy Education Program
Language Institute at Penn State
Linguistics Program