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
Minjin Hashbat, Program Administrator, Center for Language Study, 203-432-8504
David Malinowski, Language Technology and Research Specialist, Center for Language Study, 203-432-5797

Courses offered Spring 2016

(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

Elementary Bengali (BNGL 120)

M 8:30-10:00 a.m.

T 2:30-4:20 p.m.

Dow Hall 420

Advanced Bengali (BNGL 160) MW 3:30-4:45 Dow Hall B15

Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

(SBCR 120)

MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. Luce Hall 013
Intermediate Dutch (DUTC 140) MW 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow Hall 420
Elementary Modern Greek (MGRK 120) MTWThF 9:25-10:15 Dow Hall B07
Elementary Khmer (KHMR 120) W 10:45-12:00/F 1:30-2:45 Dow Hall 420
Advanced Polish (PLSH 160) TTh 1:00-2:15 Dow Hall B07
Elementary Punjabi (PNJB 120) MW 6:10-8:00 p.m. Dow Hall 420
Romanian Beginning (ROMN 110) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Luce 013

Elementary Tamil (TAML 120)

MW 2:10-4:00 p.m. Luce 013

Elementary Classical Tibetan
(TBTN 120)

MW 4:10-6:00

Luce 013
Intermediate Classical Tibetan
(TBTN 140)
MW 4:10-6:00 Dow Hall B07
Intermediate Modern Tibetan
(MTBT 140)
MW 2:40-3:45 p.m. Dow Hall B07
Advanced Ukrainian (UKRN 160) MW 1:10-2:25 Dow Hall 420
Intermediate Wolof (WLOF 140) MW 2:10-4:10 Dow Hall B11
Elementary Zulu (ZULU 120) MTWThF 11:35-12:25 Dow Hall B07
Intermediate Zulu (ZULU 140) MTWThF 10:30-11:20 Dow Hall B07

Advanced Zulu (Zulu 160)

TTh 2:40-3:55 Dow Hall B15
Please note the following important information regarding the academic calendars* of the three institutions:



First day of classes January 19
Last day of classes May 2
No classes March 14-18
Study period May 3-5
Exam period May 6-18


First day of classes January 27
Last day of classes May 11
No classes Feb. 15-16
March 28-April 1
Study period May 12-15
Exam period May 21-24


First day of classes January 19
Last day of classes April 29
No classes March 14-25
Study period April 30-May 5
Exam period May 6-11

*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 Fall 2015 course offerings, click here.

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.