Program Options

What Are My Options?
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Cornell Global Programs

Pursue coursework designed specifically for Cornell students in partnership with Cornell faculty, staff, and partner universities. You will be given enough freedom to fully immerse yourself, but if needed, on-site staff will be there to support you.

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Cornell College Exchanges

Established with the specific needs of Cornell's colleges in mind, exchanges offer the opportunity to directly enroll into courses with local students at top universities with similar academic specializations.

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Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty across the colleges design and lead special winter and summer programs for Cornell credit. You learn with Cornell peers as faculty experts guide you through cross-cultural interactions and focused study in your area of interest.

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Cornell-Approved Programs

Cornell approves hundreds of programs that fit any student's interests abroad. You can study with other American students at a study abroad center, directly enroll at a university, or pursue an international internship or field research.

FAQs Read All

There are so many abroad opportunities! How do I narrow my options?

You can narrow your options by developing specific goals for yourself and then deciding what programs and locations help you meet those goals. If you can see yourself studying in many different countries, it helps to take a deeper look at the local culture and see where that leads you. Sometimes, following your gut about what “feels right” is the best approach. We also encourage you to talk to Cornell peers who have studied abroad and learn what their experiences were like. 

How many study abroad programs should I apply to?

Apply to one program—and perhaps a back-up, if you are concerned about your admission into your preferred program. Your Global Learning Education Abroad advisor can help you determine if you need a back-up option to be “safe,” and if your back-up option is appropriate. In most cases, if you are nominated for a college exchange, you should not have another application in the works.

Where Will Your Path Lead?

Will you watch delegates debate on the floor of parliament? Conduct nutritional research? Or perhaps you'll linger in a French cafe, where you realize for the last hour you have not stumbled on a single word. Whatever your goals, whatever your passions, there is a study abroad opportunity for you.

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