Off-campus studies student with zebras near her campsite

You can study abroad on unaffiliated programs with no formal connection to Cornell College. You may be able to receive transfer credit for courses taken through unaffiliated programs.

Steps to take for unaffiliated programs

  1. Send us (the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies) your petition for permission to participate.
  2. Complete an academic leave of absence form at least 90 days prior to the start of your study abroad program and return to the Registrar's office.
  3. Meet with Financial Assistance to better understand how your aid is impacted and to fill out any necessary forms.
  4. Pay your tuition and fees directly to the program sponsor.
  5. Transfer course credits by completing your petition for transfer of credit and returning it to the Registrar’s office.
  6. Complete the student waiver form.

Make sure to file your petition and complete all forms well in advance of the sponsoring agency’s or host institution’s deadlines.

If approved by Cornell and the sponsoring program, the two institutions may enter into a consortium agreement, which will allow you to be considered as an enrolled Cornell student while participating in the program. This provides you with federal and state financial assistance. However, your Cornell-funded scholarships and aid are not available to you while you are in an unaffiliated program.

Below is a list of unaffiliated programs with available consortium agreements. You must complete the appropriate paperwork with Financial Assistance:

Unaffiliated Program Location
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Multiple locations worldwide
Semester at Sea 10-15 different destinations per voyage
College Year in Athens, Greece Athens, Greece
Denmark’s International Study Program Copenhagen, Denmark
London School of Economics and Political Science London, England

You should consider supplementary financial aid through Rotary, Fulbright, and the Gilman Scholarships.

Your grades (“C” or better) earned from an unaffiliated program will count as transfer credit at Cornell. If you are not enrolled at Cornell after completing the unaffiliated program, the courses taken while studying abroad will not be recorded on your Cornell transcript unless you pay a processing fee of $100 for each course you elect to transfer.