Student enjoys a panoramic view of Puerto Rico during a study abroad experience

International Opportunities for Undergraduates

Preparing to be a Global Citizen

Cornell seeks to become a truly international university, an intellectual community rooted in New York State while fully engaged with the larger world. In pursuing this vision, Cornell continues to pursue a goal traceable to its founder, Ezra Cornell, to create "an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

To support students' diverse interests, needs, and desires, a great variety of international options are available to CALS students. While studying abroad for a semester or a year can be one of the most enriching ways to gain an in-depth knowledge of another culture's customs, people, and language (and make progress toward your degree!), it's not the only way.  We encourage you explore all of your options--and consider taking advantage of one or more of the opportunities at your fingertips.

Having a meaningful international experience can increase your independence and ability to be flexible. It can enhance marketability when it's time to look for a job. And, as we hear time and time again, it can be life changing.

Services for CALS Students, Faculty and Staff

The CALS International Programs for Undergraduates office is housed within CALS Student Services (140 Roberts Hall). We have three primary functions:

  • Assist CALS students who would like to have an international experience, with a particular emphasis on credit-bearing semester-long programs
  • Coordinate and manage the CALS Exchange Program, including hosting incoming visiting exchange students from partner institutions
  • Oversee the CALS Global Fellows Program, which supports CALS undergraduate students from any major seeking a professional international internship
  • Work with faculty and staff to:
    • Assist their advisees negotiate the study abroad process
    • Propose new international exchange partnerships at the undergraduate level
    • Give classroom presentations about study abroad opportunities, credit transfer, or something more customized

When students return from approved credit-bearing programs abroad, the CALS Registrar is responsible for applying credits to students’ Cornell transcripts.