ASIAN LANGUAGES AT PITT

 

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, the Less Commonly Taught Language Center (part of the Department of Linguistics), and other university departments as well as the Confucius Institute regularly offer Asian language courses for both credit and non-credit students.

Chinese Language

Chinese language and literature courses are offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Students may enroll in an undergraduate major or minor in Chinese Language and Literature, or take language and culture courses while enrolled in any degree-granting program. Courses may include language (both oral and written), linguistics, literature, and cinema, as well as opportunity for independent study. Graduate students interested in studying Chinese should consider applying for a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship through the Asian Studies Center.

 

Each summer, Pitt hosts the Summer East Asian Language School (SEALS), a 10-credit course in intensive Chinese at the first and second year levels. These courses allow students to complete a full academic year (two 5-credit courses) of language study in just a few weeks. For more details on this program, please visit the SEALS website.

 

Each summer, the Asian Studies Center and the Study Abroad Office offer a summer study abroad program, Pitt in China, where students may experience Chinese language and culture courses as well as group tourism in the People's Republic of China. There are also a number of third-party programs in China which have been vetted and approved by the Study Abroad Office. For more information about programs and how to apply, please visit their website.

Japanese Language

Japanese language and literature courses are offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Students may enroll in an undergraduate major or minor in Japanese Language and Literature, or take language and culture courses while enrolled in any degree-granting program. Courses may include language (both oral and written), linguistics, literature, and cinema, as well as opportunity for independent study. Graduate students interested in studying Japanese should consider applying for a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship through the Asian Studies Center.

 

Each summer, Pitt hosts the Summer East Asian Language School (SEALS), a 10-credit course in intensive Japanese at the first, second, and third year levels. These courses allow students to complete a full academic year of language study in just a few weeks. The summer Japanese program also has a number of scholarships available to help defray tuition costs. For more details on this program, please visit the SEALS website.

 

The Asian Studies Center and the Study Abroad Office have partnered to bring students a number of study abroad opportunities in Japan, including semester or year-long programs at Konan University (Kobe), Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), and Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka). There are also an extensive number of third-party programs throughout Japan which have been vetted and approved by the Study Abroad Office. For more information about programs and how to apply, please visit their website.

Korean Language

Korean language and literature courses are offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Students may enroll in an undergraduate minor in Korean Language and Literature, or take language and culture courses while enrolled in any degree-granting program. Courses may include language (both oral and written), linguistics, literature, and cinema, as well as opportunity for independent study. Graduate students interested in studying Korean should consider applying for a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship through the Asian Studies Center.

 

Each summer, the Asian Studies Center and the Study Abroad Office offer a summer study abroad program at Konkuk University where students may experience Korean language and culture courses as well as group tourism in South Korea. There are also a number of third-party programs in South Korea which have been vetted and approved by the Study Abroad Office. For more information about programs and how to apply, please visit their website.

Other Languages

Pitt regularly offers a number of additional Asian languages through various departments, including Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Vietnamese, and more. For more information, please check the upcoming semester's course listing or visit the Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center.

 

Updated January 23, 2014

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Asian Studies Center
University of Pittsburgh
4400 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-7370
Fax: (412) 624-4665
E-mail: asia@pitt.edu
Web: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc