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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! Sail down the Mekong River of Vietnam and witness firsthand the environmental issues you learned about in the classroom. Journey to Angkor Wat in Cambodia as you learn the arts of the legendary Angkor Empire. 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-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. Previous courses include: 

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

Cornell in Vietnam

This course is uniquely structured with three module components. This course offers 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 focuses 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 Professors Thuy Tranviet and Mike Hoffmann.