Kate and Ryan in front of water in China

Academics

The Brittney and Adam J. Levinson China and Asia-Pacific Studies (CAPS) program offers unparalleled opportunities for those interested in contemporary China and/or U.S.-China relations by providing a wide variety of courses, two off-campus options in Beijing, China and Washington, D.C., multiple tracks of Chinese language training, and high-quality internship opportunities in both the U.S. and China. The program offers a four-year undergraduate major to Cornell students in the College of Arts & Sciences, and a cross-college minor to all Cornell undergraduate students. 

CAPS Open House Spring 2019

On campus in Ithaca

CAPS students usually spend their freshman and sophomore years in Ithaca to

Looking onto Chinese village by Xu Xin

Off-campus in Beijing and Washington, D.C.:


Beijing, China: CAPS students spend either the spring semester of their junior year or the fall semester of their senior year in Beijing at Peking University, China’s most distinguished institution of higher learning. In addition to Chinese language studies, the students will take two courses on Chinese history, politics, and foreign relations. In Beijing, students will hold internships with agencies comparable to those in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: CAPS students have the option of spending the fall semester of their junior year in Washington, D.C., at Cornell in Washington (CIW). CIW is not required for the CAPS major but is highly recommended. In addition to Chinese language studies, students take a seminar on U.S.-China relations and a CIW/CAPS core course. Meanwhile, they will have China-related internships working in government agencies, embassies, media, business, law firms, NGOs, and other organizations.

Click here to read more about the off-campus semesters. 

We are teaching not only leaders in this country, but global citizens. The China and Asia Pacific Studies Program (CAPS) is a perfect example of this work. I had the pleasure of visiting the CAPS program in Beijing and I came away truly impressed by the progress this program has made and the students who are part of it.

— Gretchen Ritter, The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences