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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


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?

IÉSEG School of Management, or Institut d'Économie Scientifique et de Gestion, is one of the top Business Schools in France, ranked 6th in France and 17th world-wide in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2016 ranking. As a French Grande École and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is part of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. Established in 1964 in Lille, the school has a second campus in Paris at La Défense, Europe's biggest business hub. The mission of IÉSEG is to prepare students to become complete and international managers who initiate change, and contribute to the development of responsible, innovative and enlightened organizations. IESEG currently hosts 4800 students on both campuses, with over 2000 international students.  84% of  faculty members are international. Over 900 exchange students from partner universities come to study at IESEG every year.

What is unique about the locations?

IÉSEG is part of the Université Catholique de Lille. The historic campus is located in the city of Lille, the third-biggest student city in France after Paris and Lyon. Lille is well connected and European capitals can easily reached by train (Brussels in 35  minutes,  London in 1h20 and Paris in 1  hour).  In 2008, IÉSEG opened a second campus in the Grande Arche de La Défense, Paris. The Paris campus has 20 amphitheaters, 20 classrooms, 3 multimedia centers, 1 library and rooms for school associations. Paris is the capital, largest city of France and its administrative, business, and cultural center. Paris is a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is also home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy.

How do I apply?

Step One: Attend a 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