Participating in an off-campus Cornell course is an immersive learning opportunity. Studying for a Block or for a few days can be a transformative experience. Not many schools or programs allow the flexibility for students to travel off-campus so easily or frequently. And with One Course At A Time, you never have to worry about conflicts with your other courses.
Traveling from Cornell to your destination around the world (and back) is education at the speed of life.
How to register for an off-campus studies course
Registration for off-campus courses is the same as registering for your other courses, except that some faculty may require you to request their permission during the registration process. You can always contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any trouble registering for an off-campus course.
If you want to add an off-campus course after the initial registration period, contact us (International and Off-Campus Studies) for details on what to do next.
Some off-campus studies courses have additional costs. Review the current course payment schedule for details.
And finally, don't forget to submit the appropriate waiver.
If you are participating in an affiliated or non-affiliated program (not a Cornell off-campus study course), review all the steps necessary and remember to complete the non-Cornell course waiver.
FAQ for students
Yes! Cornell offers many Block courses that travel to both domestic and international locations. Review our upcoming off-campus courses:
St. Augustine once wrote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Studying abroad is an experiential learning opportunity that can provide you with many cultural, historical, and emotional experiences that will benefit you personally as much as it will benefit your education. Moreover, the skills you develop while living in a different culture will serve you in any career that you choose.
First, you must decide where and when you would like to study abroad. Then, choose from one of our many different off-campus studies options. Explore our website and come talk to us on the second floor of Old Sem to pick up materials and learn more.
If you plan ahead, studying abroad is possible at any point in your college career. However, your junior year may be the best option for receiving approval and working with your course schedule.
If you are taking a Cornell course trip, your grade will be assigned just as it would if you were studying on campus. Affiliated programs and exchange programs that are pre-approved for credit will transfer, while other unaffiliated programs will need to be evaluated before Cornell will agree to issue credit.
You must receive a “C” or higher in any course to receive transfer credit. Grades earned in non-Cornell off-campus courses are not included in your cumulative grade point average (GPA).
If you are taking a Cornell off-campus course, your financial aid will not be impacted. You should plan on meeting with the staff in the Office of Financial Assistance if you plan to participate in any other type of off-campus program because every student’s financial aid is unique.
Cornell and many other programs offer courses abroad that do not have a language requirement. Other language courses and programs do require a certain level of proficiency. Check the course description or program information to learn if there is a requirement for your program of choice.
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