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.


Bengali Intermediate (BNGL 130) TWTh 10:10-11:00 a.m. TBD
Bengali Advanced (150) TBD TBD

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginning

(SBCR 110)

MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. TBD

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginning

(SBCR 130)

Dutch Intermediate (DUTC 130) MW 4:10-6:00 p.m. TBD
Dutch Advanced (DUTC 150) T 1:10-3:40 p.m. TBD
Greek, Modern, Beginning (MGRK 110) MTWThF 9:25-10:15 TBD
Hungarian Intermediate (HGRN 130) TTh 2:00-4:00 p.m. TBD
Khmer Beginning (KHMR 110) MWTHF 11:35-12:35 TBD
Punjabi Beginning (PNJB 110) MW 6:10-8:00 p.m. TBD
Punjabi Intermediate (PNJB 130) TTh 6:10-8:00 p.m. TBD
Romanian Beginning (ROMN 110) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. TBD
Romanian Intermediate (ROMN 130) TTh 1:10-3:00 p.m. TBD
Sinhala Beginning (SNHL 110) TBD TBD
Sinhala Intermediate (SNHL 130) TBD TBD

Tamil Beginning (TAML 110)

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

Tibetan, Classical, Beginning
(TBTN 110)


Tibetan, Classical, Intermediate
(TBTN 130)
Tibetan, Modern, Beginning
(MTBT 110)

MW 1:10-2:05 p.m.
TTh 1:10-2:15 p.m.

Tibetan, Modern, Intermediate
(MTBT 130)
MW 2:40-3:45 p.m. TBD

Ukrainian Beginning (UKRN 110)

MWF 8:40-9:55 a.m.

Ukrainian Intermediate (UKRN 130) MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. TBD
Wolof Beginning (WLOF 110) TBD TBD
Zulu Beginning (Zulu 110) MTWThF 11:35-12:25 TBD
Zulu Intermediate (Zulu 130) MTWThF 10:30-11:25 a.m. TBD

Zulu Advanced (Zulu 150)

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.