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Bengali Language At Cornell
Language Information Courses Other Resources

Language Contact Person: Sreemati Mukherjee
Phone: 255-0718        Web
Office: 303 Rockefeller Hall
In multi linguistic South Asia, Bengali is the language of two nations, India and Bangladesh.

New York City speaks and works in many different languages. In 2013, NYC had ballots and metro signs in Bengali, recognizing that a majority of the city’s electorate spoke Bengali.

For those interested in economics, employment and labor rights, nutritional sciences and development sociology knowing Bengali gives an advantage. Consequently, anyone considering a global career in health care, government service, law, business or a discipline where communicating with other people is important will find Bengali a great resource.

With about 220 million native and about 250 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken languages, ranked seventh in the world.

The Bengali Language At Cornell
Fall 2016 Class Times:

  • BENGL 1121- Elementary Bengali I (4 credits) SYLLABUS meets four times weekly - M T W R 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, in room 303 Rockefeller Hall.

  • BENGL 2201- Intermediate Bengali I(3 credits)
    meets twice weekly TR 12:05-1:20 pm,, in room 303 Rockefeller Hall.

  • BENGL 3301- Advanced Bengali I (3 credits)
    meets twice weekly MW 9:45 - 11:00 am, in room 303 Rockefeller Hall.

  • Directed Studies: BENGL 4431 TBA


  • Cornell Area Program Affiliation: South Asia Program
    The Mission of the South Asia Program is to bring attention to South Asia in the form of courses, faculty, research, libraries, art exhibitions, language learning, resources, student organizations, and exchange programs. In addition to our pluralistic structure, the South Asia Program sponsors numerous lectures and events on South Asia, administers outreach programs, and contributes widely to academic work through our own publication series.
    • Bangla Language Fellowships from AIIS to India
      At the end of ONE year of language training in Bangla students are eligible to apply for fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and continue further training in Kolkata, India. For detailed information check the AIIS web site.
    • Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) in Kolkata
      The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. It is a program of the Dept of State.
    • FLAS Scholarships
      Cornell's South Asia Program (SAP) offers Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS). It is funded by the USDE under Title VI. It assists undergraduate and graduate students to acquire a high level of language ability in languages like Bengali.

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