Shared Course Initiative

Professor Sam Sudhanandha’s Tamil class, shared by students at Columbia and Yale.

The Shared Course Initiative is a collaboration between Columbia, Cornell, and Yale universities to share instruction of less commonly taught languages across distance. Now in its third year, the Shared Course Initiative (SCI) was established through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Through the SCI, Columbia, Cornell and Yale supplement their traditional face-to-face language offerings with a model of synchronous language instruction that emphasizes a small, highly-interactive, communicative classroom environment. The SCI is currently sharing instruction in 16 languages between its partner institutions, using high definition videoconferencing technology to connect their classrooms.

Among the languages offered through the Shared Course Initiative in 2014-15 are Bengali, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Dutch, Hungarian, Indonesian, Khmer, Punjabi, Romanian, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan (Modern and Classical), Ukrainian, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu.