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About Samoan

Samoan is a Polynesian language spoken primarily on the islands that compose American Samoa and Western Samoa in the Pacific Ocean. Samoan belongs to the Western Polynesian or Samoic-Outlier subgroup of Polynesian languages, along with languages such as East Futunan, Ellicean, Pukupukan, Tikopian, and Nukuoro. In American Samoa, it is the official language, alongside English, and is the first language of 246,000 people in the Samoa Islands’ population.

Samoan Courses

The University of Utah offers beginning Samoan language courses taught by a native-language speaker.  Samoan language courses are offered in the fall semester (1010) and continuing into the spring (1020).

Samoan language classes count towards the foreign language credits required to complete a Bachelor of Arts.

To register search for WLC 2900 Beginning Samoan I
Mondays and Wednesdays 3:05pm-5:00pm

FLAS Scholarship

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) is provided by the Asia Center. For FAQs, application, and other information on the FLAS scholarship, click the button below.



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Last Updated: 3/25/21