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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2021-22
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022


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. Through reciprocal agreements with select universities, CALS students integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students. In exchange, students from our partner come to study at CALS. 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. Credits obtained while on exchange will be considered Cornell credit, not transfer credit. Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. This is especially advantageous for in-state students. Housing, food, visa, travel, health insurance, books, and other personal expenses are paid separately.

What is unique about this program?

Harper Adams University is the leading higher education provider of land-based education in the UK. Established more than 100 years ago, Harper Adams offers taught programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as research programs leading to MPhil and PhD awards.

Harper Adams operates a commercial farm, providing an excellent resource for teaching, research and student projects. The farm is approximately 343 hectares, and is at the heart of the University’s campus. Grass, maize and stewardship crops are all grown and all the major animal enterprises are present with a major new dairy unit, three sheep flocks, an intensive beef unit, commercial egg and poultry enterprises, and a pig unit. The University has specialist facilities for its engineering students, including an off-road vehicle test track and purpose-built indoor soil hall, and for its veterinary nursing students there is a mock veterinary practice, operating theatre and prep room.

Harper Adams University has been awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2017. The award recognizes their work in agricultural engineering and precision farming in which they have built a national and international reputation, not least with the recent success of their Hands Free Hectare initiative (see, where HA worked to grow a crop of barley using only robots and drones.

What is unique about Shropshire and England?

The University is located in rural Shropshire. It enjoys a single campus site and provides a safe and secure environment in which students can study and live comfortably in modern student dormitories. Harper Adams also has excellent transport links to Birmingham, as well as the nearby attractive town of Shrewsbury.

How do I apply?

Step One: Attend a CALS Study Abroad 101 Session
•  These meetings cover policies and factors to consider when selecting a program, the study abroad application and approval process, and other important information

Step Two: Meet with a CALS Exchange Advisor
•  The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and the advisor will help you select the program that fits your interests best

Step Three:  Application
•  Apply for the CALS Exchange Program by clicking on the "Apply" button on this webpage. You can apply on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage
•  As part of your application, you need to get the proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor 

Step Four: Nomination
• ​ ​​​​​​Once your application is complete, our office will nominate you to the exchange partner 

Step Five: Partner application
•  Complete the host/partner institution’s online application 

For additional information on this program and all other CALS exchange programs, including links to partner fact sheets and student reports, please refer to the CALS Exchange Program website