Nepali is spoken as a lingua franca across many parts of South Asia and the Himalayas, as well as a mother tongue by 11 million in Nepal itself. Cornell University's relationship to Nepali is particularly significant as it is the only North American education institution that has consistently offered Nepali language instruction both in the academic year and the summer, in addition to a prominent semester-long Study Abroad Program (CNSP) based in Kathmandu. Over the years, with sustained input from faculty in Anthropology, the instructional and research strength of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at Cornell has attracted many students, visitors and projects.