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Intensive Nepali

Six credit course, June 6 - July 15, 2016

Nepali, the official language of Nepal, will be offered in the Cornell University Summer Session at both beginning and continuing levels. Taught by faculty from Cornell University and the Cornell-Nepal Study Program at Tribhuvan University on the beautiful Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY, this summer program provides an unusual opportunity to develop competence in Nepali.

Emphasis will be on the spoken colloquial language, in dialogues, exercises and conversational practice. In addition, special attention is given to assisting students in developing vocabularies and skills appropriate to their unique professional needs. Reading and writing practice use both popular and scholarly materials in the Nepali (Devanagari) script.

Students will spend five hours per day in class and two further hours working with recorded materials in addition to the time required for daily preparation. Films and guest lecturers complement the summer program.

General Information

The program lasts six weeks: June 6 through July 15, for six credits. Class meets five days a week.

Admission and Registration:
An enrollment form should be submitted to the Summer Nepali Program, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-2502. Assignment to the appropriate Nepali 1160, or 2260, or 3360 sections will be made by the instructors upon evaluation after arrival.

Tuition and Financial Aid:
The charge for this six-week, six-credit program is $7,860 for tuition. A limited number of U.S. Department of Education fellowships, covering tuition and fees and providing a maintenance allowance, are available through the South Asia Program. These fellowships are open to United States citizens and permanent residents who are either enrolled or accepted to enroll in any graduate program. We strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented populations, including members of racial or ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. There is a strong possibility for other support. Students applying for a fellowship or financial aid should submit, in addition to the attached application, a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of study and career objectives. Applications which include requests for financial aid are due by February 8, 2016. Within two weeks after acceptance into the program, a US$200 non-refundable deposit is due. The deposit will be applied to the cost of tuition. The remainder of the tuition is due by May 7. Checks should be made payable to Cornell University.

The enrollment form below MUST be filled out by anyone interested in the summer program, and sent to or to Intensive Nepali Program, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. If the student is applying for the FLAS (Foreign Language Area Study) award they must also fill out the on-line FLAS application (see below).

Housing and Dining:
On-campus housing and dining plans are available through Campus Life. Please see their web site at: campus/housing/housing_on.php. Off-campus housing arrangements can be made through Housing Solutions, (607) 272-6091.

Further inquiries regarding the Summer Nepali program can be directed to the Program at the above address or by e-mail:

Questions regarding the FLAS application process should be directed to Mr. William Phelan in the South Asia Program office at

Summer Nepali Enrollment Form
Summer 2016 FLAS application for both graduate and undergraduate students is due by February 8, 2016