Studying on Exchange at Cornell
The Office of Global Learning (OGL) partners with universities worldwide and coordinates with Cornell’s undergraduate colleges and schools to offer incoming exchange student opportunities across academic disciplines and programs.
To apply for exchange, you must be currently enrolled at an institution covered by a reciprocal exchange agreement with Cornell. If your university does not have an exchange agreement with Cornell, explore coming to campus as a visiting student or joining us on one of our short-term programs in another country.
Your journey as an exchange student starts with your home institution selecting and nominating you to study at Cornell. Eligible students then complete an online application. Our office reviews exchange applications and issues acceptances, including required immigration status materials and arrival information.
If you come to Cornell on exchange, we will advise you before, during, and after your program. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
Questions? Email our incoming exchange advisor.
You must be nominated by your home institution in order to apply for exchange. You're eligible to apply if you also meet these criteria:
- You've completed at least two full-time semesters of university study.
- Your record shows solid academic preparation in general and in your proposed areas of study.
- You have the equivalent of a United States grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- You have a TOEFL iBT score of 100, Duolingo score of 120, or IELTS score of 7.5. Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.
Cornell tuition is waived for accepted exchange students, but other fees and expenses apply. Cornell financial aid is not available. Explore Cost to Attend to learn about estimated costs, including fees, room and board, and personal expenses.
Exchange students are responsible for securing their own accommodations on or near campus. Get started by exploring Housing and Residential Life at Cornell. Consider applying for on-campus housing. Living off-campus is another option.
Explore these links to learn more about the colleges and schools participating in undergraduate exchange.
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
- College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Brooks School of Public Policy
- College of Engineering
- College of Human Ecology
- Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration and Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)
ILR College Exchanges
SC Johnson College of Business
Course Enrollment Restrictions
Cornell cannot guarantee enrollment in any college or course. Enrollment permission is subject to college/school restrictions, demonstrated academic qualifications in the form of prerequisite, class size limitations, and the consent of instructors.
- Courses that are only open to degree-seeking majors, including core or senior capstone courses and first-year writing seminars, are not available to exchange students.
- Exchange students may not enroll in computing and information science courses and studio-based programs in architecture, art, and design unless specifically approved under the agreement between your home institution and Cornell.
Can I study on undergraduate exchange as a graduate student?
Many graduate students come to Cornell to study or conduct research as visitors. Explore coming to campus as a visiting student.