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Intensive Nepali

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Six-credit course, June 3 - July 12, 2019

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 for six credits. Class meets five days a week.

Admission and Registration:
An enrollment form should be submitted to the Summer Nepali Program by e-mail at Students who are not applying for financial aid may submit the enrollment form at any time. The deadline for enrollment forms without financial aid is May 22, 2019. Assignment to the appropriate Nepali 1160, 2260, or 3360 sections will be made by the instructors upon evaluation after arrival.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Summer Health Fee :
The charge for this six-week, six credit program is $8,760 for tuition. A limited number of Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, covering tuition and providing a living stipend, 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 possibility for other support through the Nepali Language program, but students who do not receive a FLAS award should expect to self-pay a large portion of the tuition cost.

Students applying for a FLAS fellowship must submit, in addition to the enrollment form; an online FLAS application which includes a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of study and career objectives. FLAS application materials should be submitted to the South Asia Program, Cornell University, 170 Uris Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Students who are not applying for a FLAS fellowship but who are interested in applying for additional support through the Nepali Language Program should include, along with the enrollment form, a brief statement of study and career objectives and an indication of their financial needs. Applications for financial aid are due by February 13, 2019 at 4:30pm. The FLAS deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  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 the tuition. The remainder of the tuition is due before or on the first day of the program. Checks should be made payable to Cornell University.

All non-matriculated Cornell summer students will be assessed a $100 health fee. This fee is being assessed to students even if they already have private health insurance and cannot be waived, or summer students can enroll in Cornell's Student Health Insurance for the summer for $350. In February 2015, then President David Skorton announced that Cornell would be implementing the Student Health Fee to give students with private insurance the same pre-paid access to on-campus medical and mental health services that Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) members have ($10 for Gannet [on-campus medical facility] visits and in-house services). For more information regarding the summer student health fee see, and

Housing and Dining:
Students are responsible for making their own housing and dining arrangements. On-campus housing and dining plans are available through Campus Life. Please see their web site at Off-campus housing arrangements can be made through Housing Solutions, (607) 272-6091 or search the web for rentals in Ithaca, NY.

Further inquiries regarding the Summer Nepali program can be directed to the Program by e-mail at Questions regarding the FLAS application process should be directed to Dr. Daniel Bass in the South Asia Program office at