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From ancient history to modern film, regional politics to language studies, we offer a wide variety of courses to suit many interests. In addition, you can choose from any of six Southeast Asian languages to study right here at Cornell!

Check out this semester's offerings below. You never know what may pique your interest!

Southeast Asian Studies & International Studies Courses

Southeast Asian Language Courses

Courses Abroad 

Don't just learn. Experience! Travel into the forests of Malaysia to learn about environmental sustainability from one of the last hunter-gatherer peoples in the world. Journey to Angkor Wat in Cambodia as you learn the arts of the legendary Angkor Empire. Roam the vibrant, bustling streets of Vietnam's largest city while studying labor relations in this rapidly-developing country. This is your chance to explore!

Every year the Southeast Asia Program partners with various colleges and departments to create winter session study abroad courses. These courses may vary from year to year in theme, location, and content. Here are examples of recent courses: 

Cornell in Cambodia

This course is a two-to-three week immersive experience in Cambodia. Students join a faculty member and TA in Cambodia to receive a hands on, in-country instruction. The enrollment capacity is 10-12 Cornell students. Dates and course content are subject to change depending on which faculty member will lead the course. In the past we have promoted two different themes, however there is a high degree of overlap.

  • This year, we are debuting a totally new course, taught by Prof. Sarosh Kuruvilla (Industrial and Labor Relations). Stay tuned for more details!

Previous courses were:

  • Performing Angkor: Dance, Silk, and Stone. This course was led by Prof. Kaja McGowan (Art History).
  • Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience. The course was led by Prof. Andrew Mertha (Government).  

Cornell in Vietnam

The ILR International Programs Office and the Scheinman Institute are offers a winter break Engaged Learning opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The focus of the program is in the area of labor relations and conflict resolution and is overseen by Richard Fincher (ILR ’73), the Executive Director of the Asia Labor Arbitration Project (ALAP) in the Scheinman Institute. Students learn about labor relations and dispute resolution with peers from Ton Duc Thang University.

  • Even though the website dates are outdated, this course is in fact running, as evidenced by their up-to-date travel blog.

Previously, there was an environmental-themed Cornell in Vietnam offering. This course was uniquely structured with three module components. This course offered a seven week instruction period in the fall semester, a three week immersion over winter break, and another seven week period of instruction in the spring semester. This course focused on the human and environmental issues concerning climate change in Vietnam. The previous course title was: 

  • Climate Change Awareness and Service Learning in the Mekong Delta. The course was led by Profs. Thuy Tranviet (Vietnamese) and Mike Hoffmann (Entomology).

Cornell in Malaysia

This program fosters cross-cultural learning while building skills in community-based research, partnered with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and with Penan village leaders. The student project will build on information and communication Technologies (ICTs) for rural and indigenous sustainable development. Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic views of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing adaptation efforts in Malaysian Borneo. The course is titled:

  • Global Citizenship and Sustainability in Malaysia. This course is led by Professor Shorna Allred (Natural Resources).