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Teaching & Learning

Cornell faculty collaborate with Chinese colleagues to teach courses for U.S. and Chinese students—in Ithaca and at universities in China.


Michael Zak and CAPS students

In 2018, Michael Zak ’75 visited with students and faculty in the China and Asia-Pacific Studies program at Cornell. Zak, a current member of both the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, was the impetus behind the creation of the CAPS major and minor. Zak (pictured with a notebook and pen in hand) listened and asked questions about the experiences of current CAPS students. Read the full story, published by the College of Arts and Sciences.


Current Educational Programs

  • China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences and Peking University in Beijing, trains future leaders with 4 years of intensive Chinese language training and 2 semesters of internships in Washington D.C. and Beijing.
  • Chinese language and literature study at Cornell, College of Arts and Sciences: 36 language course offerings in Mandarin; 17 course offerings in Chinese literature.
  • Clinical opportunities in China for Weill Cornell medical students at Central South University’s Xiangya School of Medicine in Changsha, in Hunan Province.
  • Comparative East Asian Studies, approved by seven Cornell colleges, is a three-campus program for Cornell students with University of Hong Kong; Keio University in Tokyo; and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
  • Cornell-China Undergraduate Summer Program, part of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, partners with a number of Chinese universities (see Exchange Programs, below) to offer 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, by the East Asia Program in Cornell’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, brings together scholars, researchers and students to hear visiting lecturers and discuss interdisciplinary issues about modern Chinese economy, politics and society.
  • The Office of Global Learning administers 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.
  • Cornell University Summer College, part of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, offers Chinese high school students the opportunity to live on the Ithaca campus, take Cornell courses, and earn three to six college credits. Students choose from more than 40 precollege programs in architecture, business, debate, engineering, hotel management, policy, science, sustainability, veterinary medicine and more.

  • Expanding Horizons, an endowed 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.

  • Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team Program, Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, brings together teams of Cornell students and faculty from diverse disciplines to collaborate on food development projects at Hebei Qimei Agricultural Science and Technology Co. in Handan.

  • Global Health Education at Weill Cornell Medicine offers 4-week clinical electives in New York City to visiting international students in medical schools in China.

Students in class on the Ithaca campus.

Cornell Dual-Degree Programs with Universities in China

  • Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA is a part-time, post-experience dual-degree program conducted bilingually in English and Mandarin with PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University. The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School for Management is the first leading Ivy League business school to offer an MBA program in mainland China in a dual language format.
  • Dual Master of Management in Hospitality and Master of Business Administration degree is offered by Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in collaboration with the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.
  • 2+2 Bachelor of Science Program, by Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with Shanghai College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Jiao Tong University, China Agricultural University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing Agricultural University, and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, offers Chinese undergraduate students 2 years of study at the Chinese university, followed by 2 years of study at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students receive BS degrees from both Cornell and the participating Chinese university.

Exchange Programs with Chinese Institutions of Higher Education

Offered by many of Cornell’s schools and colleges, exchanges present Cornell students opportunities to study abroad, and offer students from the partner institutions opportunities to study at Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, New York:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Business School of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Shanghai Jiao Tong University biotech program in sustainable futures and emerging technologies
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology business management and science programs
  • College of Engineering and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology program in engineering
  • College of Engineering and Beijing Institute of Technology program in engineering
  • College of Human Ecology’s Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design and Donghua University in Shanghai
  • College of Human Ecology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design/Institute of Textiles and Clothing
  • Cornell Law School and Peking University Law School in Beijing
  • Cornell Law School and University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • ILR School and Renmin University of China’s School of Labor and Business School in Beijing
  • Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management
  • School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and:
    —Beijing Normal University–Hong Kong Baptist University United International College
    —East China University of Science and Technology
    —Renmin University
    —Shandong University
    —Shanghai University
    —Xiamen University, School of Economics
    —Wuhan University

Executive Education Programs with China

Several of Cornell’s schools and colleges offer executive education opportunities to Chinese professionals. Selected examples: