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, 203-432-8514

Courses offered Fall 2014

(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 10:10-11:00 a.m.

TTh 10:10-11:25 a.m.

Dow B07

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginning

(SBCR 110)

MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. Dow 420
Dutch Intermediate (DUTC 130) TTh 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow 420
Hungarian Beginning (HGRN 110) TTh 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow B07
Punjabi Beginning (PNJB 110) MW 6:10-8:00 p.m. Dow 420
Romanian Beginning (ROMN 110) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Luce 013
Sinhala Intermediate (SNHL 130) TBA Dow B11

Tamil Beginning (TAML 110)

MW 2:10-4:00 Dow 420
Tamil Intermediate (TAML 130) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Dow 420

Tibetan, Classical, Beginning
(TBTN 110)

MW 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Luce 013
Tibetan, Classical, Intermediate
(TBTN 130)
MW 3:10-5:00 p.m. Dow B07
Tibetan, Modern, Beginning
(MTBT 110)
MTWTh 1:10-2:15 p.m. Dow B11

Ukrainian Beginning (UKRN 110)

MWF 8:40-10:00 a.m.

Dow B07

Ukrainian Intermediate (UKRN 130) MW 10:10-11:25 a.m. Dow B11
Zulu Beginning (ZULU 110) MTWThF 11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Dow B07
Zulu Intermediate (Zulu 130) MTWThF 9:25 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Dow 420

Zulu Advanced (Zulu 150)

TTh 2:30-3:45 p.m. Dow 420
Please note the following important information regarding the academic calendars* of the three institutions:



Classes start on Tuesday, September 2 and end on Monday, December 8.

                  No classes on:   November 3-4 (Academic Holiday & University Election Day)

                                        November 27-28 (Thanksgiving Break)

                  Study period:    December 9-11

                  Exam period:     December 12-19


Classes start on Tuesday, August 26 and end on Friday, December 5.

  No classes on:   October 13-14 (Fall Break)
                         November 26-28 (Thanksgiving Break)                   

                     Study period:    December 6-9

                     Exam period:     December 10-13


Classes start on Wednesday, August 27 (2-week shopping period) & end on Friday, December 5.
                    No Classes on:   September 1 (Labor Day)
                                            October 22-24 (October recess)
                                            November 24-28 (Thanksgiving Break)

                    Reading period:    December 5, 5:30 p.m.-December 11

                    Exam period:       December 12-17

*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 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.