Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach (fill in name of language)?

If the language that you wish to learn is not listed on our language list, we are not teaching it at the present. However, the language you seek may still be taught in another department of the University of Pittsburgh. Many languages often considered “less-commonly-taught” are in fact offered in the degree programs of other departments in the University. You can consult any of the following University of Pittsburgh departments for further information.

  • Ancient Greek and Latin: Department of Classics
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Korean: Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Hebrew: Jewish Studies Program
  • French and Italian: Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
  • German: Department of German
  • Spanish and Portuguese: Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
  • Bulgarian, Russian, Polish, Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

I have an interest in studying the (fill in name) language. Is there any way you can offer this course in the future?

In order to offer instruction in a particular language, several things must come together. We need to see interest from several students, we need to locate an instructor who is qualified to teach that language, and we need to secure financial support for that instructor’s salary, course materials, and training. Please fill out this survey if you would like to express interest in learning a particular language that we do not offer.

I would like to take a test to show that I have proficiency in one of your less-commonly-taught languages in order to fulfill my foreign language requirement at Pitt (or at another university). Can I be tested at the LCTL Center?

Yes, we offer proficiency testing in the languages that we teach. Please contact us for more information.

Can I take your language classes if I am not currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh?

Yes! If you are not a University of Pittsburgh student, but you are enrolled as a student at one of these Pittsburgh colleges and universities: Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon, University, Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park College, or Robert Morris College, you can cross-register for a class in the Less-Commonly-Taught-Language Center through a program provided by the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. Contact the registrar’s office at your college or university for instructions on how to cross-register.

If you are a Post-Bacalaureate Student (you have already completed your bachelors or are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at another college or university and want to take a few undergraduate level (no graduate level) classes at the University of Pittsburgh, you must apply through the College of General Studies).

Students may be referred to Admissions for more information.

If you are Non-Degree Student Status you wish to take a course(s) for personal enrichment but are not currently pursuing a degree (at any institution).
To register for a course in the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center, you must apply to the College of General Studies and enroll at the University of Pittsburgh.

*The American Sign Language (ASL) Studies Certificate and the Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate are only available to students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree. Graduate students and non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to enroll in LCTL Certificate.

Is LCTL part of the Language Media Center?

The Robert Henderson Language Media Center and the LCTL Center are both parts of the Department of Linguistics. The LMC can be found in room G-17 in the Cathedral of Learning.