Your Time Abroad

You're On Your Way
Student with Indian counterpart
Keep an Open Mind

You will be challenged daily with new habits, attitudes, and worldviews. Allow yourself to accept these differences with openness and without judgment.

Student with his host mom
Engage with Locals

Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Some of the most meaningful lessons you'll learn abroad will be through interactions with local people in your host country.

AAP student in Rome
Take Time to Reflect

Write. Reflect on your time abroad. Find a new favorite cafe. Take time to question and make sense of new experiences as they occur.

FAQs Read All

How do I meet people when I'm abroad?

It can be hard to meet people when you are in a new and strange environment. The best advice we can give is to challenge yourself to try something new every day, and engage in local events and activities. If your program offers to arrange a tandem conversation partner, take them up on it. Join a student organization. Teach English at a school. Volunteer at a local community center or event. Find a group that shares your passions and interests.

Can I change my classes from what I put on my approval form months ago?

You may experience a conflict of schedule or choose to study something else once you arrive in country. Email your academic advisor or college advisor for approval if it is a change to major or distributional credit. If you fail to notify your advisor of major changes, your credits may not transfer back to Cornell the way you want.  

Where should I direct my transcript?

All study abroad transcripts should be directed to the Office of Global Learning. Once reviewed, it will be sent by our office to your college/school, who will notify you that it has been received and is being processed.

The Office of Global Learning can accept official e-transcripts when sent via a secure means to If you are using a transcript service, make sure to enter the address manually. Transcripts sent to a default email address to Cornell University will not arrive.

Transcript may also be mailed directly to:

Office of Global Learning
Education Abroad
Cornell University
B50 Caldwell Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2602

It is your responsibility to determine whether your study abroad transcript will be sent directly to the Office of Global Learning on your behalf by your program, or if you must request it. For seniors studying abroad their final graduating semester, please be aware that transcripts typically cannot be expedited and may take up to 8 weeks (or potentially more) from the end date of the program until Global Learning receives the transcript, not including the time necessary for your college to process it.  Students should be in direct touch with their college/school registrar office if they have questions.

Share Your Experiences

As you navigate new cultures and experiences, share your experience with friends on campus. Follow @cornelliansabroad on Instagram to connect with Cornellians around the world.

If you have a story you’d like to share, tag @cornelliansabroad or email us at

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