1. Off-Campus Study courses or programs offered by outside providers are numbered in the 900s [numbers appear in square brackets at the end of each description], and are listed at the end of the Off-Campus Programs section.
  2. Students who wish to study off-campus through an outside provider are required to submit a Petition to the Academic Standings Committee in care of the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies. Students should consult this Catalogue or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies to determine which petition is required.
  3. Upon approval, students must register for the program at the Registrar’s Office as for any other course and notify the Registrar whenever there are changes.
  4. All courses are considered electives. Students who wish to have one or more of these courses count toward fulfilling their B.A. or major requirements must use a Petition for Transfer of Credit to obtain written permission from the Cornell department concerned and file this petition with the Registrar before beginning the program.
  5. If, after a student has been accepted by the host institution, he or she drops out of the program, the student is liable for any expenses the student's withdrawal caused the host institution, the sponsoring agency, and/or Cornell College. Any student who wishes to return to Cornell during the period when he or she was to have been a participant in an off-campus program must make arrangements in advance with the Division of Student Affairs and the Business Office.
  6. Students who choose to be off campus during the second half of their senior year do so with the full understanding that they may have to postpone their graduation to August or later because Cornell's Commencement may occur earlier than the completion of the off-campus program or earlier than the host institution can process and forward their transcript to Cornell. The College assumes no responsibility in such cases for the student's graduating with her or his class.
  7. If, after completing the program, the participant does not re-enroll at Cornell, the courses taken and the credits earned in the program will not be recorded on the student's Cornell transcript unless he or she pays a processing fee of $100 for each course transferred.

Programs Pre-Approved for Funding

Students may apply to have their need-based Cornell funding applied to programs that have been approved by the Cornell faculty for listing in this Catalogue (approved programs listed at the end of this section). All applications require a Petition to the Academic Standings Committee for Off-Campus Study to be completed and submitted to the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies by February 1 of the academic year preceding the start of the program. Students who are not approved for funding by the Academic Standings Committee but who meet eligibility criteria may Petition for an Academic Leave of Absence to participate in an approved off-campus study program (See Other Off-Campus Study below).

  1. Students must have completed at least nine credits prior to program start date.
  2. The number given in parentheses after the title indicates the maximum amount of course credit that will be awarded by Cornell; however, participants who do not take or pass all parts of the program will receive credit only for the work actually completed. Normally, students will not receive more course credits than the number of Cornell Blocks encompassed in their program.
  3. Students approved for funding receive Cornell CR (if C or higher) or NC (see Credit by Transfer and Grades). The original grades will appear as annotations on the student's Cornell transcript but are not calculated into the student's Cornell grade point average.
  4. The provider’s application, deposit, letters of recommendation, etc., should not be sent to the host institution or sponsoring agency until the student has received formal notification from the Academic Standing Committee that he or she has been granted funding to participate. Admission to most programs is competitive and requires the approval not only of Cornell but also of the host institution.
  5. For these programs the College reserves the right to limit the number of students and/or the amount of funding per student available for participation in any academic year. The Academic Standing Committee considers each petition based on the following criteria:
    1. students who have received no prior support through financial aid or Cornell funds, including campus programs and scholarships for off-campus study as a Cornell student;
    2. students who intend to go off-campus as seniors, as juniors, or as sophomores, in that order of preference;
    3. students who apply for ACM-sponsored programs;
    4. the merits of the student's written statement of purpose, in which the student describes the features of the program that are of special importance and explains how the program relates to the Cornell course of study and to general educational goals;
    5. the merits of a recommendation from the program director, an academic advisor, or instructor who can testify to the relevance of the program to the student's studies, and who can comment on the student's ability to participate successfully (academically and socially); and
    6. the student's cumulative grade point average and class rank.
  6. For students approved by the Academic Standing Committee to have their need-based Cornell funding applied to the period of time the student is studying with the affiliated program, the College will pay the program all or part of the student’s tuition, depending upon the program charges.  If the program tuition is less that Cornell’s charges for the time period, however, no adjustment in Cornell charges will be made.The costs of transportation, lodging, and meals are normally the student's responsibility. Because each program is structured differently, students, before making application, should ascertain the actual costs by conferring with the Student Accounts Manager in the Business Office and the Office of Financial Assistance. Students are not allowed to use their tuition exchange or remission benefit for these programs.

Other Off-Campus Study/Academic Leave of Absence 

Students who were not approved for funding to participate in pre-approved off-campus programs or students who wish to study on programs that have not been pre-approved by Cornell College may petition the Academic Standing Committee for permission to participate on an Academic Leave of Absence at least 90 days prior to the start of the program.

  1. Students must have completed at least four credits prior to program start date.
  2. Students will not receive more course credits than the number of Cornell terms encompassed in their program.
  3. Students will register for ALA 701 for international off campus coursework or ALA 702 for domestic off campus coursework.
  4. Credits by transfer (other than summer school) while a student is participating in an Academic Leave of Absence will only be accepted when approved in advance by the Academic Standing Committee. Grades will be posted as transfer work, i.e., as "Credit" only, provided grades of "C" or better are earned. Grades are not calculated into the student's Cornell grade point average.
  5. If approved by the Director of Financial Assistance, the Registrar and agreeable to the sponsoring college or university, and if the duration of the program will not exceed one academic year, the two institutions may enter into a consortium or contractual agreement. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance to determine if you are eligible for an agreement and which type of agreement applies to your program. Under either arrangement, the College will consider the student to be enrolled at Cornell while participating in the approved program, and will provide any federal and state financial assistance to which the student is entitled. Cornell-funded scholarship and aid monies are not generally available to students participating in non-affiliated programs. Because each program is structured differently, students, before making application, should ascertain the actual costs by conferring with the Student Accounts Manager in the Business Office and the Office of Financial Assistance.
  6. Students taking an Academic Leave of Absence will pay only the program costs, unless Cornell is the credit granting institution, as we are for all ACM courses.