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Students in Cornell in Rome program visit Bramante Staircase in Vatican City

Students in AAP's Cornell in Rome program visit the Bramante Staircase in Vatican City. Photo: Cornell Abroad.

Just a taste:
A sampling of Cornell's international programs, activities, initiatives and experiences

Cornell students' opportunities to study abroad and have other international experiences are extensive and varied, traditional and nontraditional, and range across colleges and disciplines – from long-term programs a semester or longer to short trips as part of a course and other shorter, standalone immersive sessions.

The following is a sample of some of the projects, programs and partnerships Cornell is involved with around the globe. For a more comprehensive look at global Cornell, visit

Programs and degrees administered at the college level include:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 40 foreign languages and runs intensive language programs in Chinese (in Beijing with Peking University). Its Institute for German Cultural Studies fosters cutting-edge scholarly exchange, and the China and Asia-Pacific Studies program includes four years of intensive Chinese language training and two semesters of externships in Washington, D.C., and Beijing.
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), through International Programs (IP-CALS), offers courses, degrees, fellowships, exchange programs and dozens of overseas opportunities for research, field study and faculty-led study tours; with the Graduate School, it offers a dual-degree program in food science with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India. IP-CALS leads the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat global project, which involves partnerships with more than 40 countries. CALS also hosts Cornell's International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) and the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi).
  • The College of Human Ecology has several exchange programs, including a collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in fiber science and fashion design. The college is seeking approval for a new major in global and public health sciences following the successes of the interdisciplinary global health minor.
  • The Division of Nutritional Sciences (a joint venture by Human Ecology and CALS) runs its own Global Health Program, the Program in International Nutrition and the Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program.
  • The College of Architecture, Art and Planning's semesterlong Cornell in Rome program is open to students from six colleges and for three decades has enabled architects, artists and urbanists to steep themselves in Roman sites and collections and in Italian history.
  • The College of Engineering runs an immersive exchange program with the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain. The AguaClara civil and environmental engineering program has eight sites in Honduras and two under construction in India; it improves drinking water quality via sustainable, replicable water treatment systems.
  • The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management offers a dual MBA degree program with Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium; the school also runs the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.
  • Cornell Law School runs the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, the Berger International Legal Studies Program and the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine is working with the City University of Hong Kong to establish the first veterinary medicine academic program in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
  • At Weill Cornell Medical College, global health is a major initiative with many ongoing affiliations, including training doctors in Tanzania and the GHESKIO Clinic in Haiti; a global health track has been added to the master's program in clinical epidemiology and health services research.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established in 2001 as a joint venture between Cornell and the Qatar Foundation. It was the first institution to offer a United States M.D. degree overseas and has produced 147 new physicians.
  • The School of Industrial and Labor Relations offers exchange programs in Australia, China, and the U.K. and global service learning opportunities in India and Zambia.
  • Cornell University Library has forged relationships with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and recently partnered with Tsinghua and three other academic libraries in China to teach preservation techniques.

Einaudi Center as umbrella

Fredrik Logevall signs agreement with Keystone Foundation in India

Earlier this fall, Vice Provost Fredrik Logevall, left, signed a memorandum of understanding between Cornell and the Keystone Foundation to establish the Nilgiris Field Learning Center in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India, to engage in shared research projects and provide a study abroad semester. See larger image

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is the umbrella organization for eight core programs and several programmatic initiatives. It has 11 associated programs that are hosted in different colleges, provides seed grants for faculty, and shares Cornell's resources with the outside community. Three of the center's area studies programs – the Southeast Asia Program, South Asia Program and East Asia Program – are Title VI/National Resource Centers. Einaudi's international relations minor is open to undergraduates in any college.

Einaudi administers Cornell's Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright-Hays Program and together with its core programs offers 12 different grants and fellowship programs for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in international research and training. Area studies programs also take the lead in developing new international experiences for students, such as the establishment of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies in Indonesia and the Cornell in Turin program in Italy.

Other programs and projects

Cornell Abroad supports and coordinates international educational opportunities for all undergraduate students, providing information and advising for study abroad in universities across the world to pursue academic goals and programs, develop language skills, conduct fieldwork, pursue research, engage in service learning and participate in internships.

Cornell Abroad, the School of Continuing Education, CIIFAD and individual colleges offer many short-term courses and programs. For example, summer and winter intersession programs are offered in Tanzania, Zambia, India and the Dominican Republic for global health; in Italy and Germany for dairy management; in Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines and South Africa for food, agriculture and development; and in Mumbai, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Madrid and Taipei for architecture.

The Cornell Nepal Study Program, a joint venture between Cornell and Tribhuvan National University in Nepal, was the first study abroad program in Nepal to have American students live and study with Nepalese peers in residential program houses. It marked its 20th anniversary this year.

Spearheaded by Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, CARE-Cornell provides financial support for international projects through the Impact through Innovation Fund, supplemented by competitive external grants written by teams of Cornell faculty members and CARE staff.

Community-based service-learning work through Engaged Learning + Research offers global opportunities to dozens of students each year.

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