Going Abroad: Selecting a Program

What is a Cornell Global Program?

Cornell Global Programs are advanced language, research, and specialized programs that are managed in part by the Office of Global Learning Education Abroad. These programs benefit from direct support and input of Cornell faculty and offer a uniquely immersive global experience.

Can I petition for a program that is not on the approved list?

We offer hundreds of approved programs.  Program petitions should be used for extraordinary circumstances only. Successful petitions will prove that your chosen program both fulfills Cornell’s requirements and meets your academic goals better than any other option on the approved program list. Approval of petitions is not guaranteed. You can find further information on petition deadlines and petition conditions here

Can I talk with a student who has completed my study-abroad program?

Global Learning Education Abroad has a returned students contact list, which includes the names, contact information, and program information for other Cornell students who have studied abroad and agreed to share their experience. If you can’t find a student on the list that attended your program, try contacting students from the same location. Chances are they will be able to offer some good advice. 

What kind of support can I expect from the Office of Global Learning?

If you are going abroad on a Global Learning program, our team is involved in each stage of the process. The advisors can offer advice to help you choose a program, and then guide you through the application and admissions process. Once you are accepted, the advisors can help you prepare for your departure with guidance on the visa application process and health and safety, and answer questions you have as you prepare to leave. The Global Learning finance manager can help you with questions or concerns about your budget for study abroad, billing processes, and financial aid.

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 your Cornell peers who have studied abroad and learn what t

What are the most popular study-abroad programs?

Although there are some programs that may appear to be more popular with Cornell students, this is not the ideal way to select the best study abroad program for you. Selecting the best program is less about what works well for other students and more about how a program will help you achieve your goals. This might mean taking the road less traveled—and that’s okay! 

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