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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2023-24
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences




Opportunity Description

Since 1954, CALS has offered their students unique opportunities to study abroad via the CALS Exchange program. CALS students are able to internationalize their academic experience by integrating themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students. The CALS Exchange programs are rooted in, and in many cases designed by, CALS faculty affiliated to an international academic institution or university department that complements your academic program. Students who have previously gone on exchange have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, challenged them academically and facilitated the development of new skills, and enhanced their personal growth and self-confidence.

In 2011, CALS partnered with France Agro3: French Network for Education and Research in Life Sciences, a group formed by three French higher education institutions that specialize in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences to offer unique pathways that include a semester of coursework in addition to experiential learning and research opportunities.  

This exchange program is recommended for undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Food Sciences, IARD, and Development Sociology. Students in majors outside of those recommended may also be able to participate, depending on your interests and academic needs.

What is unique about this program?

ISARA Lyon is a French 'grande école" specialized in agricultural, food and environmental science. For over 50 years, ISARA has offered a curricular pedagogy combining theory and practice in agriculture, environment & natural resources management, agrifood, food & industrial management, sustainable rural development, and markets & corporate management. With modern scientific and technical laboratories, ISARA offers unique programming and coursework. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a summer program prior to the start of the fall semester. You can learn more about the summer opportunity in the academics section of this listing.

What is unique about Lyon, France?

Lyon is the third largest city in France and second largest urban area. Lyon is home to approximately 163,000 students, of which about 16,000 are international students. The city is known for its cuisine and gastronomy with part of it registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lyon is located about 2 hours from Paris and Marseilles (TGV high speed train), close to the Alps (ski resorts) and the Mediterranean Sea. Rhône-Alps natural diversity (mediterranean and temperate climate, plains and mountains) offer a wide range of activities relating to agriculture and food. Fruit and vegetable cropping as well as cattle breeding are important production sectors, renown vineyards are located in Beaujoloais area and in the Rhône Valley. You can learn more about living in Lyon

Review the other opportunities in France via this unique partnership:

Past Participants

Past participants have submitted feedback about their experiences. These surveys are available for your review. You can also view photos from their time abroad. Would you like to ask a past participant questions about their experience? The CALS exchange coordinator is happy to connect you to a Cornell student who has studied at ISARA. Email to request an introduction.

How do I apply?

  • Attend a CALS Exchange and Study Abroad Information Session
    • CALS will be holding information sessions for students to answer questions regarding types of programs, the process, financial aid/costs concerns, returning credits, and any additional questions you may have. You can find the schedule and login information here
  • Meet with the CALS Exchange Advisor
    • The CALS exchange advisor is happy to meet with each student to go over specific programs, answer individuals academic questions that could not be discussed in an information sessions, assist with program selection based on interest, etc. It's also an opportunity to discus the application process, the course approval process, etc. Schedule an appointment.
  • Click the green apply button (there is an application preview button for those interested in what is on the application-by clicking apply, you will start an application to the program)
    • Already met with the CALS Exchange Advisor or is it close to the application deadline and you can't get in to see the advisor? That's okay. Click the green apply button and start the Cornell application process so you don't miss any deadlines. 
  • Click Submit
    • Once you've completed all of the application requirements, click submit. The CALS Exchange Advisor will review your application within a week of your submission. If accepted, you will receive further instructions regarding next steps and the application process to your host university.