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 Spring 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 120)

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

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

Dow B07

Bengali Intermediate (BNGL 140) MTW 1:25-2:15; T 2:20-2:50 Dow B07

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginning

(SBCR 120)

MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m. Dow 420
Dutch Intermediate (DUTC 140) TTh 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow 420
Hungarian Beginning (HGRN 120) TTh 4:10-6:00 p.m. Dow B07
Khmer Beginning (KHMR 120) MWTHF 11:35-12:35 Dow B11
Punjabi Beginning (PNJB 120) MW 6:10-8:00 p.m. Dow 420
Romanian Beginning (ROMN 120) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Luce 013
Sinhala Beginning (SNHL 120) MTWF 1:00-1:50 Dow 420
Sinhala Intermediate (SNHL 140) TTh 9:00-9:50; W 2:20-3:30; F 12:30-1:30 Dow B11

Tamil Beginning (TAML 120)

MW 2:10-4:00 Dow 420
Tamil Intermediate (TAML 140) TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Dow 420

Tibetan, Classical, Beginning
(TBTN 120)

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

Luce 013
Tibetan, Classical, Intermediate
(TBTN 140)
MW 3:10-5:00 p.m. Luce 013
Tibetan, Modern, Beginning
(MTBT 120)
MTWTh 1:10-2:15 p.m. Dow B11

Ukrainian Beginning (UKRN 120)

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

Dow B07

Ukrainian Intermediate (UKRN 140) MW 10:10-11:25 a.m. Dow B11
Zulu Beginning (ZULU 120) MTWThF 11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Dow B07
Wolof Beginning (WLOF 120) MTWTH 12:00-12:50 Dow B15
Zulu Beginning (Zulu 120) MTWThF 11:35-12:25 Dow B13
Zulu Intermediate (Zulu 140) MTWThF 10:30-11:25 a.m. Dow B13

Zulu Advanced (Zulu 160)

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



                  Last day of classes:   May 4

                  Study period:    May 5-7

                  Exam period:     May 8-15


                  Last day of classes:   May 6

                  Study period:    May 7-10

                  Exam period:    May 11-19


                  Last day of classes:   April 24

                  Reading period:    April 25-30

                  Exam period:       May 1-6

*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.