Winter 2021 Update

Registration is now closed for all winter courses. Enjoy free videos featuring past CAU youth and teen classes.
Libe Slope

Take a CAU class from anywhere!

We’re delighted to announce new virtual programming for youth and teens ages 10–15! Join us for online content, challenges, trivia, tours, and more.

Online courses

This winter, students 10–15 years old can enjoy 20 hours of online courses taught by Cornell students.

Courses feature 10 hours of synchronous (live) class time, during which students can interact with instructors, chat with classmates, and participate in fun, educational activities.

Another 10 hours of instruction is offered asynchronously, during which students will view classes at their own time and pace.

Courses are taught over Zoom and meet every weekday (early evening) for an hour. Registration is required and courses, which cost $350 per person, are limited to 50 students to help ensure meaningful interactions.

Unable to attend a session? Contact us at prior to your student's class and request a recording of the session. Please include the course name, date, and session time in this request. You'll receive a link to the recording of your class session within 12 hours of the meeting time.

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Free videos

Enjoy free online content featuring past CAU youth and teen classes.

Adult programming

Join us for multi-session courses, hourlong webinars, live lectures with Cornell faculty, and interactive discussions with other intellectually curious people.

Learn more about adult programming

Connect with Cornell

To receive announcements about the youth and teen virtual programs, sign up for the CAU Youth and Teen list serve by emailing

We look forward to seeing you online!

Disability services

Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all university programs. Please contact CAU director Lora Gruber-Hine (, 607.255.4800) to request any needed disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Thank you to our donors

Free online courses and virtual webinars are made possible in part by support from the following funds:

  • The A. David and Nancy Tobin Seminar for the Arts
  • The Kathy Dwyer Marble ’63, MAT ’65, CAU Seminar
  • The Catherine S. Penner Seminar in Writing or Literature, in honor of CAU director emeritus Catherine Penner for her years of distinguished leadership
  • The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities or Creative Arts
  • The Ralph Janis Seminar in History, in honor of CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis for his years of distinguished leadership

We’re very grateful to all of our donors for their generous contributions to CAU. If you're interested in supporting our programs, please see ways to give.