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Have you chosen your program and are you ready to apply? Below you will find helpful tips to assist with the application process. Education abroad advisors are available to provide guidance.

Fall 2023 Study Abroad Information Session:

Tuesday, October 17th: 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm (for CALS students interested in studying abroad fall 2024)

Where: CALS Zone (112 Mann)

This session will cover college policies (eligibility, approval process, academic credit).  A representative from the Office of Global Learning will help answer questions about the ability to study abroad including program options. Please bring your questions.

CALS students applying to a semester study abroad program must meet the eligibility requirements. 

Semester Study Abroad Eligibility:

  • Resolve all University Record holds and be a full-time student in good academic standing.
  • Your study abroad program must fit into your eight-semester (or equivalent) plan.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (be advised that some programs may require a higher GPA)
  • Meet the minimum requirements of CALS and the program (GPA, prerequisites, study focus, etc.)
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (NOTE: Students in “restricted good standing” will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Where possible, have finished any work required to resolve any incompletes. If you have more than two incompletes, you must meet with the CALS Student Services advisor to determine eligibility to study abroad. 
  • Meet application deadlines

Details for applying to Semester and Year Programs are on the Education Abroad website

Specific deadline information can be found on the Education Abroad website.

Reach out to your Education Abroad advisor if you have questions about your application or when you should apply.

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.

Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. Selected Fellows will receive a stipend to offset major expenses.

  • The Global Fellows Program for Summer 2024 is on PAUSE. There will not be a Summer 2024 session. 


  • Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the CALS Engaged Symposium to learn more about previous student experiences. 
  • Thursday, October 19th 4pm - 5:30pm.  Mann B75.  Please refer to the upcoming events listing for details.
  • Explore the Experience Cornell (search word CALS Global Fellows) and learn about available opportunities.
  • Once you have read through all of the opportunities, you will choose the one experience you are most interested in applying to and click the green apply button.
  • Complete the application by the deadline. You will need to have a professional resume as well as a statement of interest to accompany your application. It is strongly recommended that applicants meet with a Career advisor for resume critique prior to submitting their application.
  • CALS Global Experiences staff will review applications after the deadline. 
  • Applicants who have been short listed will be invited to an interview.
  • Some programs also require an interview with our internship partners.
  • Final decisions will are typically made in January/February and all applicants will be notified at that time.
  • Successful applicants will be required to participate in CALS Global Fellows workshops during the Spring semester prior to their internship which include topics such as logistics, health and safety and cross cultural awareness.
  • Global Fellows are also required to participate in a 1-credit Fall course (ALS 3105) as well as participate in the Fall Engaged Learning Symposium.
  • Fellows who are accepted to In-person/On-Site placements must be available for a continuous 8-week period from May 27 - August 2, 2024. 

The application process to Cornell faculty-led programs will vary by program. Students interested in applying will want to follow any instructions provided by the faculty member or program administer. 



Semester Programming: Cornell offers a wide range of program options that have been vetted and approved by the Office of Global Learning and International Travel Health and Safety. These programs cover a breadth of academic areas and locations of interest. If a student cannot find a program within the approved programming they may petition for a one time approval of the program. It is important to note that petitions are reviewed as exceptional opportunities that meet specific needs not available through existing programs. Please review the guidelines and processes to submit a petition. Pay special attention to the approval criteria, policies, and deadlines. 

Note: Students cannot earn credit for study abroad while on a leave of absence. Please review the study abroad policies

Non-Cornell Summer/Winter Programming: Cornell has no objections to students pursuing summer/winter abroad experiences. Students will follow the application processes of their chosen program and do not apply through Cornell. Students may receive transfer (non-Cornell) credit for courses taken abroad over the summer/winter but must get the courses approved PRIOR to going abroad. You may seek course approval by submitting a pre-approval form linked here. All CALS transfer course policies apply and should be reviewed ahead of applying to a summer or winter program. An official transcript from the accredited institution bearing the institutional seal and registrar's seal must be sent directly from the institution to CALS Student Services following the completion of the coursework. 

A non-Cornell summer/winter program is not considered Cornell travel and students are responsible for matters related to the program and international travel such as but not limited to health, safety, finances, housing, travel, and conduct while participating in the experience. 

Note: If applying for an academic program through a provider program (CEA, CET, SIT, etc.), students should select to apply as an "autonomous" or "independent" student if it is an option. This will avoid any issues with approvals.