If you're thinking about studying abroad, you need to be aware of the various options that Cornell offers in order to choose the path that works best for you. There are three main ways to study off-campus at Cornell College. On the sidebar to the left, you'll find links to pages with more in-depth information about each of these paths to studying abroad. Here are some highlights about each:
1) Take a one-block Cornell course.
This is the most seamless way to transition from campus-life to one of several amazing destinations each year. Not only is this option often the most affordable, but it is also a great choice if you would not prefer to spend an entire semester abroad.
Participating in one of these courses is an simple as registering online with your other courses. Your advisor can help you choose. To view the off-campus courses being taught by Cornell faculty during the current academic year, visit our Cornell Courses page. (Some courses are repeated every few years, so explore what was offered in past years to plan for future blocks studying with classmates in locations in the US or across the globe.)
2) Go with a program that is pre-approved for credit.
These programs have already been evaluated by the college and are guaranteed to transfer credit, provided you receive a "C" or higher in the course and complete Transfer of Credit Petitions before beginning the program. Cornell recommends the ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest) programs very highly. In addition to providing programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and in several domestic destinations, ACM programs receive priority for college funding.
Be sure to schedule a meeting with the Financial Assistance Office to learn about how these programs would affect your financial aid package.
3) Find your own program.
There are countless organizations with international programs. If you are unable to find one that suits you from the list above, do some investigation of your own. You’ll be amazed by the wealth of locations, courses, internships, and service opportunities abroad, so you’re bound to find something tailored to your interests.
Once you do, your program will be evaluated to ensure that it meets Cornell’s standards and to allow you to receive college credit for your time abroad. You may need to make special financial and scheduling arrangements, but everyone will work with you to make your study abroad experience positive and unforgettable.
This option requires taking an Academic Leave from Cornell to participate in the program. Do note, however, that your Cornell financial aid will not travel with you if you participate in this type of program. You may have the option to have your federal and state financial aid be applied to these programs. Consult the Financial Assistance Office to better understand this option.
For more information or to set up an appointment to talk about any of these options, contact the Coordinator of International & Off-Campus Studies.