Information for Incoming Exchange Students
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Semesters Available: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English; Italian
Semester 1: early September– late December
Semester 2: mid-February – end of May (new!)
For CALS Students Only. Both In-State and Out-of-State students should apply through the exchange if they're interested in the direct enrollment model.
Through an agreement between the University of Bocconi in Milan and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University, CALS undergraduate students may apply to enroll directly at Bocconi for a semester or a year. Students study alongside Bocconi students and are eligible to participate in the many activities sponsored by Bocconi and its student body.
This exchange program is open to undergraduate CALS business or communications students of sophomore or higher standing, and is awarded on first-come, first-serve basis. CALS students pay their current Cornell tuition with no additional fees.Housing, food, visa, travel, health insurance, books, and other personal expenses are paid separately.
- More than 950 exchange students go to Bocconi each year.
- It is ranked in the top 20 business school programs in Europe and number 1 for value for money.
- Bocconi offers a buddy system to help new exchange students quickly settle in.
- SDA Bocconi is the University’s business school. Its MBA program has recently been ranked among the global top 40 by the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings 2009
- ‘Chi passa tra iLeoni non si laurea all Bocconi” is a University saying which means that those who pass between the center of the two lions will not graduate.
What to expect if you apply:
First of all, we’re glad you’re interested in joining our exclusive group! Yep, we’re talking about the CALS Exchange Program! Since 1954, we have offered CALS students unique opportunities to study abroad. Through reciprocal agreements with select partner universities, CALS students integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students from the host university. In exchange, a student from our partner institution comes to study at CALS. Nearly all partner institutions in non-English speaking countries offer a wide range of classes taught in English.
Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. Students purchase plane tickets and pay remaining costs such as housing, meals, student visa application fees, local travel, and personal expenses. Financial aid travels with eligible students. Hands-on experiences, internships, scholarships, and stipends are available at select institutions.
The CALS Exchange Coordinator is available by appointment for assistance with program selection, financial and travel planning, registration, credit, obtaining a student visa for host country, and pre-departure programming. Whether you’re completely new to the idea, or you’ve been planning to study abroad since you were in elementary school, we want you to feel supported every step of the way!
The CALS International Exchange Program: Selection Criteria
We take great pride in our students selected to attend a CALS Exchange Program. The criteria for selection are based on a combination of 1) grades and academic preparation and 2) personal suitability as assessed by interview with exchange coordinator, personal essay, and academic references. While grades (especially for some partner universities) are a major factor, they are not the sole criterion for selection. Students who are concerned about their academic performance have the opportunity to improve their application by taking extra care with their essay and other application components.
Applicants must have no pending disciplinary action against them. Any past or current disciplinary actions must be disclosed during the application process and may be grounds for barring participation by CALS and/or the host institution. Students may not participate in semester exchange while on disciplinary or academic probation. Students may apply while on probation, but any conditional approval is contingent upon removal from probation before participation.
Successful applicants must:
Demonstrate good interpersonal skills, the ability to study in an overseas environment, and enthusiasm to be an ambassador of Cornell University and CALS
Be a current full-time CALS student (except for EPFL, which is also open to ENG students) with at least two full-time semesters of study before commencing exchange period
Meet minimum requirements of host university (GPA, foreign language ability, prerequisites, study focus, etc.)
Apply by CALS application deadlines
Step One: Meet with Exchange Coordinator
Step Two: Application
Apply for the CALS Exchange Program using our new online system (hosted by CU Abroad’s website)
Get your proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor
Complete the host/partner institution’s application (we will provide to you--and submit for you--unless it’s submitted online)
Apply for housing at partner institution or host location (unless you have to wait for your acceptance letter)
Step Three: Nomination
Step Four: Apply for student visa/residence permit
Once you receive your official acceptance letter from the partner institution you will be able to apply for your visa. You will need a student visa/residence permit for just about any host country in which we have partnerships. It is important that you know what is needed for your visa—don’t worry; we will walk you through this process! (We even host visa sessions for students going to countries where the visa application process isn’t so intuitive!)Foreign University Application (if not paper/PDF application, include a printout of online application)
You’ll start making your travel plans now too!
Step Five: Attend Pre-Departure Meeting(s)
While you’re abroad and upon return
Interested in sharing events from your life abroad, as they happen? We have a student blog program just for you!
After you return you can volunteer to be a buddy to a visiting student (we also throw you a welcome back party!)