South Asian Language Programs in North America

Below you will find a list of colleges, K-12 programs, and universities in North America that regularly offer instruction in South Asian Languages. Please contact us if you do not see your institution listed, would like edit your institution’s offerings, or add contact information for your program. A similar list may also be found here: https://aaslanguagedatabase.wisc.edu/south-asian-languages/

Name of InstitutionLanguages OfferedWebsite and Contact Information
ALIA (Apex Language Institute of America)Urdu (also Arabic)ALIA
Boston University Hindi-UrduDepartment of World Languages and Literatures;
Shilpa Parnami
Brown University Hindi-Urdu, SanskritHindi-Urdu: Center for Language Studies; Ashok Koul (Hindi-Urdu)
Sanskrit: Department of Classics; David Buchta (Sanskrit)
See Also: Center for Contemporary South Asia
Columbia University Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, UrduSouth Asia Institute
Cornell University Hindi-Urdu, Kannada, Nepali, Pali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, TibetanDepartment of Asian Studies

See Also: South Asia Program
DeAnza College HindiHindi Department; Nilu Gupta
Duke University HindiDepartment of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies;

Satendra Khanna, Kusum Knapczyk
Emory University Hindi-Urdu, TibetanDepartment of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies

Hindi-Urdu: Brajesh Samarth, Prema Gandhi
Tibetan: Tsepak Rigzin
Harvard University Hindi-Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tibetan (Classical), Additional languages often offered not as part of regular curriculumDepartment of South Asian Studies
Hindi-Urdu: Richard Delacy, Hajnalka Kovacs
Sanskrit: Nell S. Hawley
Tamil: Jonathan Ripley
Tibetan: Penghao Sun, Xiaotian Yin
Indiana University, Bloomington Bangla, Hindi-Urdu, SanskritDhar India Studies Program

Hindi-Urdu: Kashika Singh
Sanskrit: Rebecca Manring
Indus Arts CouncilUrduUrdu Classes for K-12
Contact IAC Urdu Admin
Johns Hopkins University – SAIS HindiCenter for Language Education
Hindi: Radhi Datla
McGill University Sanskrit, Tibetan, Urdu-HindiSouth Asian Studies Program

Sanskrit: Timothy Lorndale (Religious Studies)
Tibetan:
Urdu-Hindi: Pasha Khan
Michigan State University Hindi, UrduLinguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Sean Pue, Rajiv Ranjan
New York State University, Buffalo Hindi-UrduSouth Asian Studies
Vandana Iyer
New York University Hindi, UrduDepartment of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Gabriela Nik. Ilieva (Hindi)
Rajni Bhargava (Hindi)
Tahira Naqvi (Urdu)
See also: South Asia at NYU
North Carolina State University Hindi-UrduDepartment of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Sujata Mody; Nilakshi Phukan
Northwestern University Hindi, UrduDepartment of Asian Languages and Cultures
Rami Nair (Hindi)
David Boyk (Urdu)
Oakton Community College Hindi-UrduDepartment of Modern Languages
Ifitikhar Haider
Ohio State University Hindi-UrduPreeti Palvankar
Pennsylvania State University HindiDepartment of Asian Studies
Suschmita Sen
Ritu Jayakar
See Also: Summer Language Institute
Princeton UniversityHindi-Urdu, SanskritPrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
Fauzia Farooqui (Hindi-Urdu)
Robert Philips (Hindi-Urdu)
Nataliya Yanchevskaya (Sanskrit)
Rutgers University Hindi, UrduDepartment of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
Shaheen Parveen
Anuja Kabra
Stanford University Hindi, Tibetan, SanskritLanguage Center
Robert Clark (Tibetan)
Fred R. Porta (Sanskrit)
Sonia Taneja (Hindi)
Syracuse University HindiLanguages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Tej K. Bhatia
Bhanushri Sisodia
Temple University HindiAsian & Middle Eastern Languages & Studies
Milind Ranade
University of British Columbia Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, SanskritDepartment of Asian Studies
Sunil Bhatt (Hindi-Urdu)
Gurinder Mann (Punjabi)
Anusha Sudindra Rao (Sanskrit)
Sloane Geddes (Sanskrit)
University of California, Berkeley Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, UrduDepartment of South and Southeast Asian Studies
Abhijeet Paul (Bangla)
Nora Melnikova (Hindi)
Upkar K. Ubhi (Punjabi)
Sally J. Sutherland Goldman (Sanskrit)
S. Bharathy (Tamil and Telugu)
Gregory Maxwell Bruce (Urdu)

See Also: Institute for South Asia Studies
University of California, DavisHindi-UrduDepartment of Middle East/South Asia Studies
Poonam Chauhan (Hindi)
Shagufta Fatema (Hindi-Urdu)
University of California, Los AngelesHindi-UrduAsian Languages and Cultures
Gyanam Mahajan
University of California, San Diego HindiShaurya Arya
University of California, Santa BarbaraHindi, SanskritDepartment of Religious Studies
Gregory Hillis (Sanskrit, Tibetan)
No Regular Hindi Instructor
University of Chicago Bangla, Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tibetan, UrduDepartment of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Mandira Bhaduri and Thibaut d’Hubert (Bangla)
Jason Grunebaum, Ulrike Stark, and Tyler Williams (Hindi)
Sujata Mahajan (Marathi)
Gary Tubb and Whitney Cox (Sanskrit)
E. Annamalai and Sascha Ebeling (Tamil)
Karma Ngodup (Tibetan)
Muzaffar Alam and Timsal Masud (Urdu)
University of Colorado at Boulder Hindi-UrduAsian Languages and Civilizations
Nidhi Arya
Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya
University of Connecticut HindiLiteratures, Cultures, and Languages
Saroj Kashwan
University of Hawaii, Manoa Hindi-Urdu, SanskritIndo-Pacific Languages
Sai Bhatwadekar (Hindi-Urdu)
Jesse Knutson (Sanskrit)
University of Houston HindiModern and Classical Languages
Bhavya Tiwari
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign HindiDepartment of Linguistics
Mithilesh Mishra
University of KansasHindi, TibetanEast Asian Languages & Cultures
Patricia Sabarwal (Hindi)
Champa Lhunpo (Tibetan)
University of Massachusetts – Five College Foreign Language Resource Hindi-Urdu and other independent language studyCenter for World Languages
No regular faculty
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bangla, Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, TamilAsian Languages and Cultures
Faijul Hoque (Bangla)
Syed Ekhteyar Ali (Hindi-Urdu)
Bairam Khan (Hindi-Urdu)
Premlata (Pinki) Vaishnava (Hindi-Urdu)
Pinderjeet K. Gill (Hindi and Punjabi)
David Brick (Sanskrit)
Vidya Mohan (Tamil)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Hindi-UrduAsian and Middle Eastern Studies
Meraj Ahmed
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Hindi-UrduDepartment of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
John Caldwell
Afroz Taj
University of Pennsylvania Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, UrduDepartment of South Asia Studies
Haimanti Banerjee (Bangla)
Amrit Gahunia (Hindi and Punjabi)
Joshua Pien (Hindi and Urdu)
Vijayalakshmi Swaminathan (Kannada)
James Kurichi (Malayalam)
Milind Ranade (Marathi)
(Sanskrit)
Vasu Renganathan (Tamil)
Afsar Mohammad (Telugu)
Mustafa Menai (Urdu)
University of Pittsburgh  HindiLess-Commonly-Taught Languages Center
Vibha Shetiya
University of Texas, Austin Bangla, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu Ahmed Shamim (Bangla)
Dalpat Rajpurohit (Hindi-Urdu)
Gautami Shah (Hindi)
Darsana Manayathu Sasi
(Mayalayam)
Claire Maes (Sanskrit)
Anandakrishnan Balakrishnan (Tamil)
Shanaz Hassan (Urdu)
S. Akbar Hyder (Urdu)
University of Toronto – MississaugaHindi, UrduDepartment of Language Studies
Hansa Deep (Hindi)
Bilal Hashmi (Urdu)
University of Virginia Hindi-Urdu, SanskritGriffith Chausée (Hindi-Urdu)
Abdul Nasir (Hindi-Urdu)
Robert Hueckstedt (Sanskrit)
University of Washington Bangla, Hindi, Sanskrit, UrduDepartment of Asian Languages and Literature

Nandini Abedin (Bangla)
Jameel Ahmad (Hindi, Urdu)
Amruta Chandekar (Hindi, Sanskrit)
Jennifer Dubrow (Hindi, Urdu, Literature)
Prem Pahlajrai (Hindi)
Heidi Pauwels (Hindi, Literature)
Joseph Marino (Sanskrit)
University of Wisconsin, Madison Hindi, Sanskrit, Tibetan, UrduDepartment of Asian Languages and Cultures

M. Farooq Asif (Urdu)
Zara Chowdhary (Hindi)
Gudrun Bühnemann (Sanskrit)
Jampa Khedup (Tibetan)

See Also: South Asia Summer Language Institute
Vanderbilt University Hindi-Urdu, SanskritDepartment of Asian Studies
Divya Chaudhry (Hindi-Urdu)
Elliott McCarter (Hindi-Urdu, Sanskrit)
Wake Forest UniversityHindi-UrduMiddle East and South Asia Studies Program

Peter Knapczyk
Washington University  Hindi, UrduDepartment of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

Meera Jain (Hindi)
Madhavi Verma (Hindi)
Toqeer Shah (Urdu)
Wesleyan University Hindi-UrduSouth Asia Studies
H.M. Fazalehaq
Western UniversityHindiDepartment of Languages and Cultures
William Paterson University Department of Languages and Cultures
Yale University Hindi, Sanskrit, Other Directed StudiesSouth Asia Studies Council at MacMillan Center 
https://southasia.macmillan.yale.edu/
Seema Khurana (Hindi) seema.khurana@yale.edu
Swapna Sharma  (Hindi) swapna.sharma@yale.edu 
Aleksandar Uskokov (Sanskrit) aleksandar.uskokov@yale.edu
Yale Hindi Debate (est 2008) www.yalehindidebate.org
Directed Independent Study for other SALs 
https://cls.yale.edu/programs/dils/languages-studied
York University Hindi-UrduDepartment of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics

Shobna Nijhawan
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