The cultivation of South Asian language and area studies expertise has a long and distinguished history at Penn, and the University’s South Asia faculty, degree programs, language offerings, scholarship, and outreach are widely recognized as national and international resources.


The Department of South Asia Studies (SAST) offers PhD and MA degrees. Graduate instruction is coordinated by the South Asia Regional Studies Graduate Group, which includes faculty from humanities and social science disciplines as well as professional schools.  The SARS Graduate Group awards both MA and PhD degrees and attracts exceptional students worldwide.Candidates for the MA develop a broad knowledge of disciplines relevant to the study of South Asia and competency in a South Asian language at an Intermediate-High level equivalent to a minimum of two years of study.


A Hindi track is available in the joint MA/MBA program offered by the Lauder Institute.  

Penn GSE offers anMSEd degree in International Educational Development, with a South Asia concentration. 

Global concentrations are available in the Organizational Dynamics Masters program, and in the Schools of Communication, Education, Law, Nursing, and Social Work. 

South Asia Colloquium

All are invited to attend the bi-weekly South Asia Colloquium, which features academic talks on a variety of topics.  The Colloquium is held on Thursdays at noon in the Class of ’55 Room of Van Pelt Library.  Please see the Events page for details.