About 75 million people speak Turkish as their first language, most prominently in Turkey and Eastern Europe. It is the official language of Turkey and Cyprus, and has official status in Kosova and Macedonia. There are also large communities of Turkish speakers in the Balkans, The Caucasus, and in Western Europe where Turkish immigrants have been guest workers for so many years. Turkish has 29 letters written in a modified version of the Latin alphabet. Study Turkish at the University of Pittsburgh!
Please see Turkish Course Descriptions for information about Turkish courses offered at the University of Pittsburgh.
Why Study Turkish?
- Enhance your chances of receiving prestigious national scholarships
- Learn Turkish in a student-centered classroom with fun and engaging communicative activities embedded in Turkish culture and history!
- Get a head start on learning other Turkic languages! The most most widely spoken of all Turkic languages, Turkish is mutually intelligible with more than 20 languages!
Use Turkish to Earn Pitt Credentials:
- Turkish Minor
- Certificate in European Union Studies
- Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Certificate
- Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies
- Certificate in Asian Studies
- Global Studies Certificate
- BPhil in International and Area Studies - Global Studies Track
- BPhil in International and Area Studies - Asian Studies Track
- BPhil in International and Area Studies - European Union & West European Studies Track
- BPhil in International and Area Studies - Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Track
- General Education Requirements
- Linguistics Majors Language Requirement
Turkish Outside the Classroom:
- Turkish Language Table
- Pittsburgh Turkish American Association
- Visit the Turkish Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning
- The Institute of Turkish Studies
What do Students Say?
"My Turkish studies were integral to my successes at Pitt and my personal growth, and continue to serve me well in my chosen profession to this day." -Sarah '13
I was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, which covers a years tuition, and is given to students taking languages like Turkish." -Stephen, '14
"I met students from other universities that offer Turkish, and according to them, no other school is in the same caliber as the program at Pitt" -Andrew, '16