Academics

Study abroad offers a great opportunity to gain a deeper perspective on a topic as well as the chance to explore new subjects as well as languages and cultures.

Courses and Credit Approval

Your Education Abroad Advisor in Global Learning can't tell you what classes you should take while abroad. To find information on specific courses available to you through this Global Learning program, go to the programís website by following the link in the ìSnapshotî section of the Overview page.

To obtain approval for your credits earned abroad, Use your college's Study Abroad Course Approval and Participation form, which you will access from your Global Learning application. This form is a required part of the application process and must be completed (all signatures in place) by the deadline. 

Remember that you must study the language (or take a course in the language) of the host country when studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.

Language Study

You will undertake 90 class hours (six credits) of Chinese language instruction. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll receive training in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Chinese. Through a combination of interactive classroom learning, cultural immersion on campus, and the practical application of language skills in homestays and during excursions, you can make tremendous progress in your Chinese language skills over the course of the semester. The program’s highly skilled language instructors have completed ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview training and have obtained ACTFL OPI tester certificates. The language program is distinguished by its excellent teacher-to-student ratio; in addition, you will be partnered with Chinese university students so you can practice Chinese with native speakers and apply what you learn in the classroom to the informal conditions of everyday life. Through structured and unstructured language learning and daily interactions with your host families, you will refine your communications skills while becoming acclimated to the local culture. You may pursue further language study in the last month of the semester and earn an additional four credits.

Key Topics of Study

  • The role of traditional Chinese cultures and belief systems in contemporary life
  • Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and additional indigenous health care knowledge systems in Yunnan
  • Chinese minorities’ healing systems and their views on health preservation at the community level
  • Relationship between ethnic minority tourism, cultural change, and environmental sustainability
  • Historical, religious and social factors that have worked to shape the Chinese healthcare system
  • Role of indigenous knowledge in health preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development
  • View of western and Chinese health concepts and practices within China and on the global stage