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About 75 million people speak Turkish as their first language, most prominitenly 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 writen in a modified version of the Latin alphabet. Study Turkish at the University of Pittsburgh!

Courses Offered

  • Turkish 1: TURKSH 0101
  • Turkish 2: TURKSH 0102
  • Turkish 3: TURKSH 0103
  • Turkish 4: TURKSH 0104
  • Turkish 5: TURKSH 0105
  • Turkish 6: TURKSH 0106
  • Turkish 7: TURKSH 0107
  • Turkish 8: TURKSH 0108

Why Study Turkish?

Use Turkish to Earn Pitt Credentials


Contact the Honors College for help with CLS, Boren, and Fulbright Applications


Nur Lider, ill2@pitt.edu

Instructor bio coming soon!

Turkish Outside the Classroom

  • Turkish American Student Association PITT

Useful Links

Study Turkish in Azerbaijan!

Are you interested in Study Abroad? Check out the LCTL Study Abroad page to learn how to study Turkish in Azerbaijan!

Did You Know?

Sentence construction in Turkish is based on the subject-object-verb pattern

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Turkish is an aggultinative language. Suffixes indicating different grammatical functions are attached to a root-word to modify meaning

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Turkish is a phonetic language--each leter always retains one single sound!

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Turkish has 8 vowels!

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Anatolia, the territory of Modern Turkey, has been a heartland of civilization and is home to the oldest known human settlement

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Two of the seven wonders of the ancient world are located in Turkey

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Istanbul, located in Turkey, is the only city located in two continents

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The oldest known shipreck is located in the seas of Turkey

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People in Turkey consume much more tea than coffee

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97% of Turkish land is in Asia and 3% is in Europe

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The color Turquoise is the French name for Turkey, and describes the color of the sea in south Turkey

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70% of Hazelnuts coome from Turkey

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Turkey is home to one of the worlds oldest and largest malls

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Turkish moved from Arabic script to the Latin alphabet in the 1920's.






























What Do Students Say?


"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


"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


"My Turkish studies
were integral to my successes at Pitt and my personal growth, and continue to serve me well inmy chosen profession to this day."

-Sarah '13

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