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.
This exchange program is recommended for undergraduate students majoring in Agricultural Science, Biology, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, Nutritional Science, or Plant Science. Students in majors outside of those recommended may also be able to participate, depending on your interests and academic needs.
What is unique about the program?
A leading science and research institute, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) offers a global approach to education and research which strives for the "...preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity." HUJI was founded in 1918 and opened in 1925. It is ranked within the top 100 universities in the world. Cornell students will take courses through The International School of Agricultural Sciences, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Take advantage of attending a comprehensive university with 6 campuses, 7 faculties, and 14 schools offering courses from The student body consists of approximately 23,000 undergraduate students, 972 researchers and 2,000 international students.
What is unique about Israel?
Jerusalem, located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea on the plateau of the Judaean Mountains, is one of the oldest cities in the world (settled approx. 5000 years ago). It is known to be a place of religious significance. Residents and guests can visit such holy sites as The Temple Mount, The al-Aqsa Mosque, The Western Wall, and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem is also home to many artistic and cultural venues such as the Israel Museum (which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls).
Israel is a world leader in agricultural research. Due to Israel’s location and climate, creating innovative agricultural practices is important to overcome such challenges as the need for water and arable land. The success in Israel’s agriculture technologies can be attributed to the cooperation between farmers, researchers, and agricultural industries. The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at HUJI is a major contributor to the agriculture research in Israel.
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.