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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Intensive Mandarin Program at Cornell

This program has been cancelled for 2015. Please check back in the fall for information about the 2016 program.

June 3 - August 5, 2015

This program includes intensive language instruction in Chinese (Mandarin). The introductory courses meet, with a rotation of teachers, four hours a day, five days a week, for nine weeks. There are also at least five hours daily of additional preparation time outside of class, including daily sessions in the language lab. Section classes are kept small (twelve or fewer students in a section).

Chinese 1160 is an ideal course for those planning to go to China in the fall as well as for those who just want to get a good start on spoken and written Chinese. Because the program extends through the entire day, those enrolled in it cannot take other courses or hold part-time jobs, except possibly on weekends.

Intermediate Chinese (2201-2202) will be offered in the summer if there is sufficient demand. Students who have not taken the prerequisites for these courses at Cornell are placed into intermediate courses by examination only.

Tuition is $1,260 per credit. The first-round application deadline is March 1. After March 1 acceptance into the program is on a rolling basis as long as there is room in the course. Once accepted, a $500 nonrefundable deposit, which is applied toward tuition, is required within two weeks of acceptance to ensure a place in the summer program. Please note that the remainder must be paid in full by June 3 in order to complete your registration.


Application forms and additional information may be obtained from:

Department of Asian Studies
Cornell University
388 Rockefeller Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2502
Phone: 607.255.6457