Around the world in 18 days

Cornell's One Course At A Time calendar allows for unprecedented mobility. Students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the most appropriate setting, where the excitement of generating or using knowledge is at its highest. That might mean studying Spanish in Argentina, Renaissance art in Italy, archeology in Greece, meditation in India, or tropical insects in Costa Rica.

Each block—or 18-and-a-half days—Cornell sends students to the far-flung corners of the world. Some stay for a week or two, others for a full block, and others for longer. International study prepares students for living, leading, and serving in a world of global interaction. It enables students to reflect on their own culture and see themselves in a new light. Study abroad can be profoundly empowering, awakening, and disturbing.

Since opening in 2006, the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies has helped increase the number of opportunities for students to study away from the Hilltop. Twenty-three off-campus courses are scheduled for 2011–12.

The photos that follow, most of which come from the second annual Cornell Off-Campus Study Photo Contest, offer not just a moment in time, but a glimpse of what it's like to be a college student far from home in the early 21st century.

You can view all the submissions on Flickr.

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