Application Process

Applying for Semester and Year-Long Study Abroad 

You will need to complete a two-part process to apply for most Cornell-approved semester programs. 


  • Step 1: Apply through Education Abroad for college and university approval

  • This may require several approvals within your college. Plan ahead and give your advisors enough time to approve your study abroad course plan before the deadline. 

  • You can begin your university approval application by selecting your program on and clicking the “Apply” button.

  • Even if your program’s application deadline for admission is after the Office of Global Learning’s application deadline, you must submit your Education Abroad application by the stated deadline for your program on the Experience Cornell website. 

  • Step 2: Apply for admission to your chosen program

  • Cornell approval does not imply final admission to the program. 

  • Your program’s application for admission can be found on your chosen program/institutions website.

  • If your program requires approval from your home institution (Cornell), Education Abroad advisors will provide approval for students who have completed their application and have had their application approved. 

  • Be aware of and follow your program’s application deadline.  For programs with limited capacity and/or rolling admissions, applying early may be beneficial.


  • In order to register as a Cornell student going abroad, commit to your applied program through the Global Learning Education Abroad application. 

  • Respond directly to your program to accept the offer. 

Details to Consider When Applying

  • In most cases, you will need to get approval from your faculty advisors as well as your college advisor for study abroad. 

  • Know that applications made directly to universities abroad, compared to center-based programs, usually take longer to make an offer. (They can take upwards of 4 to 6 weeks.) 

  • Most programs admit students by rolling admission, and some may fill before their final deadlines. Submitting your application early can have distinct advantages in getting the classes or housing you desire. 

  • If you are billed a deposit from your program, pay the deposit. Some applicants to Cornell-affiliated programs will have the deposit placed on their bursar bill. 

Applying for Summer or Short-Term Programs 

  • Apply only to your chosen program. (If it is a Cornell summer or winter session program abroad, no further steps are required).

  • Register your international travel on Cornell’s Travel Registry

  • If you need a Home University Approval or Nomination form filled out, work with your college advisor for study abroad.

  • Upon completion of your program, follow your college’s policy for transfer credit.


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