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Language Resource Center

Language Contact and Email Address:

Sandeep Singh Chohan


Punjabi Language Program

Welcome to the Punjabi language program. If you are interested in learning the vibrant culture of Punjab then this program will allow you to develop a more profound understanding of Punjabi language, culture and heritage. Punjab “Land of Five Rivers,” is home to a rich and diverse civilization that dates back to prehistoric times. Punjabi is the tenth most commonly spoken language in the world and one of the most respected languages in South Asia. More than 130 million around the world speak this language. The Punjabi language is prominent in South Asian communities in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and other Asian and African countries. It is the common language of Bhangra music, which has recently gained wide popularity both in South Asia and abroad.

Elementary and Intermediate levels are offered by Columbia to Barnard, NYU, Cornell and Yale students through our inter-institutional partnerships. These courses are designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the language and culture of Eastern and Western Punjab. 

Course Offerings

Elementary Punjabi: Introduction to Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan. Beginning with the study of the Gurmukhi script, the course offers an intensive study of the speaking, reading, and writing of the language. 

Intermediate Punjabi: The intermediate course is designed to foster acquisition and fluency in oral and written communication. (Prerequisites: PUNJ W1101-W1102 or the instructor’s permission.)

Taking courses in Punjabi will allow you to fulfill the language requirement at Columbia.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) support the study of Punjabi for suitable students. 

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for up-to-date information on class times and locations.