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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

CET Academic Programs


CET Harbin


Opportunity Description

In Harbin, you’ll take a one-on-two class—just you, and one other student—that focuses on fluency and accuracy. This is where you correct your mistakes, and finally fix that pesky 2nd tone.

What is unique about this program?

  • 20 hours/week of intensive Chinese
  • One-on-one tutorial that you design
  • One-on-two & small-group classes
  • Full-time Chinese language pledge
  • Out-of-classroom learning

What is unique about Harbin?

Harbin is the place to advance your Chinese. Period. The local accent is as standard as it gets, and there’s hardly any local dialect. This means that unlike other cities in China, the Chinese you hear on the streets mirrors what you learn in class. English-speaking foreigners are few, so Chinese is the lingua franca. The result? Immersion is inevitable and progress guaranteed.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.