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Cornell University faculty collaborate with Chinese colleagues to teach courses for U.S. and Chinese students—at Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, New York, and at universities throughout China.

Selected Academic Programs

Cornell University recognizes that international experience is crucial in every aspect of higher education. Our educational programs with China span across the colleges and disciplines of the university. There are programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; executive education options for professionals already in their careers; and pre-college programs for Chinese high-school students.

Asian Studies

The Department of Asian Studies in Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences is the home for instruction in the languages, literature, religions, cultures, and intellectual histories of Asian societies. It is one of the few departments in America that offers instruction in social sciences, the humanities, and languages across all three regions of Asia: East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.

Brittany and Adam J. Levinson China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program (CAPS)

CAPS is a cutting-edge program at Cornell University designed to train future leaders who are equipped to address the inevitable challenges and negotiate the delicate complexities in the various domains of U.S.-China relations.

Chinese Language Study

Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences offers numerous options: courses in Mandarin (beginning, intermediate, high intermediate, advanced, high advanced) with specific course content for all students, students of Chinese heritage, and professional students. Some courses are offered in Beijing for students in the China and Asia-Pacific Studies program.

Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture

This Cornell Law School program hosts conferences and colloquia, scholar and student exchanges, and forums that bring together prominent legal scholars from East Asian countries and the United States.

Clinical Opportunities for Medical Students

The Global Health curriculum at Weill Cornell Medicine offers international electives in China for medical students, as well as clinical rotations in New York City for visiting Chinese medical students.

Cornell-China Undergraduate Summer Program

part of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, this partnership with a number of Chinese universities offers Chinese undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in Cornell summer classes, study with leading faculty, and participate fully in life on campus.

Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

In the East Asia Program in Cornell’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the initiative brings together scholars, students, and experts for interdisciplinary conversations, data sharing, networking, and publications on issues important in China today.

East Asia Program

A part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the program is a focal point for research and teaching on East Asia and the hub of a Cornell network of experts devoted to studies of contemporary and historical East Asia.

Executive Education

Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business offers customized programs at several Chinese universities, including Nanjing University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University.

Expanding Horizons

This program offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine encourages Cornell veterinary students to plan and participate in international veterinary medical summer externships, including in China.

Experience Cornell 

This searchable Cornell University platform showcases student opportunities for learning and engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students can search for opportunities of interest including study abroad programs, internships, travel opportunities, and more.

Semester Study in China

Cornell offers 17 semester-based and year-long study programs in China and around the world for Cornell students, in partnership with Cornell colleges and other U.S. universities and organizations.

Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team Program

Teams of Cornell students and faculty from diverse disciplines collaborate on specific assignments to address needs identified by international enterprises and organizationsStudents contribute technical assistance and analytical support, travel in January, present their research, and develop publishable case studies and other educational materials. In 2019-2020, three projects are in China. Information sessions and applications happen in September.