While You're Abroad

Make the Most of Your Time Abroad
Student with Indian counterpart
Keep an Open Mind

You will be challenged on a daily basis to accept new habits and attitudes. When you allow yourself to accept these differences with openness and without judgment, you can begin to see how easily someone’s world view can be so different from your own.

Student with his hostmom
Engage with Locals

Some of the richest and most meaningful lessons that you will learn abroad will be through interactions with locals and other foreigners. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Interact with others whose understanding of the world may be greatly different than yours.

A student looks over the rainforest in Cuba
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. You'll see how much richer your understanding of yourself and the culture becomes as a result.

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 to get out of your comfort zone. 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 abroad@cornell.edu. If you are using a transcript service, make sure to enter the abroad@cornell.edu 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 to 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 your way through new cultures and experiences, share those moments with us. We know that each and every one of you has an incredible story to tell.

If you have a story you’d like to share, contact us at globallearning@cornell.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit our Stories page to read what other students have shared about their study abroad.

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