Language Institute at Penn State

  • Penn State Language Institute

    Language Institute
    at Penn State

    Arabic, Chinese, Comparative Literature, French,
    German, Ancient Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese,
    Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ESL

The Language Institute at Penn State offers summer language programs designed for persons seeking to develop proficiency in a foreign language, including English as a second language. These programs consist of sequences of formal language courses offered for full academic credit.

The Institute’s programs are of interest to Penn State undergraduate and graduate students in a range of academic and professional programs, including the liberal arts, the sciences, engineering, business administration, agriculture, communications, health and human development, and many others. The Institute welcomes students from other academic institutions, as well as military personnel, professionals, and anyone else looking to build competency in a foreign language. High school students with strong academic aspirations may apply to enroll in the Institute.  The high school student application process is outlined here.

The emphasis of Institute offerings is on the development of communicative competence by fostering speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Our courses also emphasize exposure to, and the understanding of, the cultures associated with the languages studied.

Course formats vary across languages and levels. A typical course sequence lasts eight weeks, with classes meeting two to four hours a day, Monday through Friday. Institute participants are not required to enroll for complete course sequences, but can select single courses based on their needs. Single courses last two-and-a-half to six weeks, depending on the language.

All Institute programs are conducted on Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information, call 814-863-5100, fax 814-863-5190, or email

Conducted by the Departments of Classics and Mediterranean StudiesComparative Literature; Applied Linguistics; French and Francophone Studies; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; the Jewish Studies Program; and the Asian Studies Program.

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