Shared Course Initiative

Institutional agreement for shared courses.

Columbia, Cornell, and Yale, through a collaborative arrangement to share less commonly taught languages, offer several languages that are not otherwise taught on our campuses, via videoconferencing from a partner institution. This academic year, we will offer a total of eight languages.   These are not “online” computer-based courses.  The courses are taught ‘live’ by an instructor at the sending institution, and students at the receiving institution will be expected to attend a regular class in a designated classroom which is outfitted with videoconferencing technology.  At the receiving end, students will see the teacher and be able to interact via videoconference with him/her and the other class of students.  There will be technology support available and in some cases a special language assistant - a native speaker of the language - will also be present in the classroom. Please note that you will be registered at your home institution through the regular registration process and receive credit from your own institution.

To give you an idea of what the class looks like, you can access some images of last year’s Dutch class, which was taught at Yale and attended via videoconferencing by Cornell students, here.

For general information or further details about the project, feel free to contact the following people who are coordinating the project at your institution:


Stéphane Charitos, Director, Language Resource Center, 212-854-6341
Steve Welsh, Senior Project Manager, Language Resource Center, 212-854-6132


Richard Feldman, Director, Language Resource Center, 607-255-8685
Nick LaVerne, A/V Development Manager, Language Resource Center, 607-255-3827


Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Director, Center for Language Study, 203-432-6456
Adam Hummel, Technology manager, Center for Language Study, 203-432-0582
Minjin Hashbat, Program Administrator, Center for Language Study, 203-432-8504

Courses offered Fall 2015

(Please note that these courses require permission of the instructor or a placement exam for students who were not enrolled in the prerequisite courses in the spring semester.)

Meeting times

Bengali Beginning (BNGL 110)

MW 9:05-9:55 a.m.

TTh 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Dow Hall B11

Bengali Advanced (150) TTh 4:20-5:35 Dow Hall B11

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginning

(SBCR 110)

MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. Luce Hall 013
Dutch Intermediate (DUTC 130) MW 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow Hall 420
Greek, Modern, Beginning (MGRK 110) MTWThF 9:25-10:15 Dow Hall B07
Khmer Beginning (KHMR 110) W 1-2:50/Th 11-12 Dow Hall B11/
Dow Hall 420
Polish Advanced (PLSH 150) TTh 2:40-3:55 Dow Hall B15
Punjabi Beginning (PNJB 110) MW 6:10-8:00 p.m. Dow Hall 420
Punjabi Intermediate (PNJB 130) TTh 6:10-8:00 p.m. Dow Hall 420
Romanian Beginning (ROMN 110) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Luce 013
Romanian Intermediate (ROMN 130) TTh 1:10-3:00 p.m. Luce 013

Tamil Beginning (TAML 110)

MW 2:10-4:00 p.m. Luce 013
Tamil Intermediate (TAML 130) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Luce 013

Tibetan, Classical, Beginning
(TBTN 110)

MW 4:10-6:00

Luce 013
Tibetan, Classical, Intermediate
(TBTN 130)
MW 4:10-6:00 Dow Hall B07
Tibetan, Modern, Beginning
(MTBT 110)

MTWTh 1:10-2:15 p.m.

Dow Hall B07
Tibetan, Modern, Intermediate
(MTBT 130)
MW 2:40-3:45 p.m. Dow Hall B07
Wolof Intermediate (WLOF 130) MW 2:10-4:10 Dow Hall B11

Zulu Advanced (Zulu 150)

TTh 2:40-3:55 Dow Hall B07
Please note the following important information regarding the academic calendars* of the three institutions:



                  First day of classes:  September 8

                  Last day of classes:   December 14

                  Study period:    December 15-16

                  Exam period:     December 17-23


                  First day of classes:  August 25

                  Last day of classes:  December 4

                  Study period:   December 5-8

                  Exam period:    December 9-17


                  First day of classes:  September 2

                  Last day of classes:  December 11

                  Reading period:    December 12-16

                  Exam period:       December 17-22

*For the days that the institutional calendars are not in sync, the instructors will offer alternative class meeting times and supplementary online activities.

To view an archive of Spring 2015 course offerings, click here.

To view an archive of Spring 2014 course offerings, click here.

To view an archive of Fall 2013 course offerings, click here.

To view an archive of Spring 2013 course offerings, click here.

To view an archive of Fall 2012 course offerings, click here.