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Global Learning is Key to the Cornell Experience

No Cornell education is complete without a meaningful international experience. Global learning is high-impact and immersive learning. Daily interactions abroad allow you to build skills in communication and collaboration. You build global networks that open opportunities across the world long after graduation.

I want to go abroad. How do I start the process?

Most students start the process in one of two ways: talking with a college advisor about academic requirements and planning, or browsing program options (see Discover Programs). You can also attend events, like the International Fair, information sessions, and student panels, hosted by Global Learning and your college. 

If you’d like to talk with an advisor, Global Learning Education Abroad offers a drop-in hour on weekdays when classes are in session.  

Who are my advisors and what do they do?

Your college advisor is a key contact for you as you plan to study abroad. Every college has specific academic policies and requirements, and it is important that you understand what they are. For example, are you required to enroll in a certain number of credits while you are abroad? Can you earn credit toward your major or minor? Can you transfer distribution requirements? Are there specific language or area studies requirements for study abroad? You can schedule an appointment or email with your college advisor to ask these types of questions.  

Global Learning Education Abroad also has four advisors, who each manage a specific portfolio of programs by region. Which advisor(s) you meet with depends on the program(s) you are interested in. There is a possibility you will want to meet with more than one advisor. Global Learning Education Abroad advisors cannot discuss specific academic requirements with you. They specialize in application and program information and pre-departure (logistical) preparations for study abroad. 

When do students study abroad?

If you want to spend a semester or academic year abroad, it’s best to plan to do it during your junior year, although it is not uncommon spend a semester abroad during the fall of your senior year. Studying abroad during the semester you are scheduled to graduate is generally not approved. If you wish to go on a short-term or summer program, there are opportunities during any year you are actively enrolled at Cornell. 

If you plan well, you may even be able to study abroad more than once while at Cornell!

How should I reflect my international experience on my resume?

Students who have lived and studied abroad have the advantage of possessing many unique and exportable skills, such as language ability, cross-cultural adaptability and regional knowledge. Generate a list of key skills you relied on when you were abroad. You might include “problem solving,” “language skills,” or “cross-cultural communication” if you successfully overcame a language barrier. 

I cannot emphasize enough how many doors open after study abroad. Seemingly impossible opportunities become a natural next step in life.

Andrew Mertha
Professor of Government

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Not sure which path your journey will take?

For nearly every major, there is a study abroad opportunity. Whatever your goals, whatever your passions, we look forward to working with you to find the perfect program for you.

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Go somewhere you may never be able to go again. Go somewhere that challenges every notion that you hold as normal.

Tamar Law
Semester in Madagascar
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