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Frequently Asked Questions


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When considering a new course of study, you may find you have questions. Below are some sample questions that others have asked. The answers to these questions can be found by clicking on the appropriate link at the left side of the page.

Questions Relating to Chinese Curriculum

  • What is Chinese FALCON?
  • How would FALCON benefit me?
  • Can I take other classes while in FALCON?
  • How many students are in Chinese FALCON every year?
  • I live in Syracuse.  Could I commute to FALCON?
  • Do you teach simplified or traditional characters?
  • If I complete FALCON, will I be qualified to work in China?
  • I want to study in China. How can Chinese FALCON help me?
  • My goal is to work in China. Will Chinese FALCON afford me that ability?
  • I’m a non-native English speaker.  Can I succeed in FALCON?
  • What does Intermediate and Advanced Chinese cover?
  • How do I know if I’m qualified to enter Intermediate Chinese FALCON?

Questions Relating To Japanese Curriculum

  • What is Japanese FALCON?
  • Is there a Japanese house available for on-campus housing?
  • How would FALCON benefit me?
  • I live in Syracuse.  Could I commute to FALCON?
  • Can I take other classes while in FALCON?
  • How many students are in Japanese FALCON every year?
  • Can I benefit from Japanese FALCON if I was certified in the top level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?
  • I’m a non-native English speaker.  Can I succeed in FALCON?
  • Could I get a more detailed curriculum for your summer Japanese program than is on your website?
  • Would a FALCON certificate get me a job teaching Japanese?
  • If I complete FALCON, will I be qualified to work in Japan?
  • I want to study in Japan. How can Japanese FALCON help me?
  • How do I know if I’m qualified for Intermediate Japanese FALCON?

Questions Relating To Applying:

  • What’s the difference between "degree" and "non-degree" students?
  • Should I include a language attachment form for other languages learned?
  • I’m applying as a visiting undergraduate. What transcripts/SAT scores need to be sent?
  • What are the language requirements for the M.A. in East Asian studies?
  • Is it possible for a junior in high school to attend?
  • Should recommendation letters be from teachers only?
  • What happens if after my year with FALCON I decide to continue my education at Cornell?
  • Can I visit FALCON?
  • While participating in FALCON for the fall and spring terms, will I be considered as a regular Cornell student? 
  • Do I need to have a recommendation from a language teacher to be considered for FALCON?

Questions Relating To Funding: Undergraduate Students

  • How can I fund Summer FALCON?
  • Are there any scholarships available for Academic Year FALCON?
  • Can I use the G.I. Bill for FALCON?  How do I do so?
  • Which private loan company is most highly recommended for career loans?

Questions Relating To Funding: Graduate Students

  • How can I fund Academic Year FALCON?
  • Do I have to submit GRE scores?  What about other standardized test scores?
  • Are non-degree students eligible for FLAS Fellowships?
  • When are admissions decisions available for the program and the FLAS Fellowship?
  • Can I use the G.I. Bill for FALCON?
  • Which private loan company is most highly recommended for career loans?