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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?

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is Norway’s premiere life sciences university. NMBU is a public university, located in Akershus, only about 30 minutes outside of Norway’s capital, Oslo. Established in 1859 as an agricultural university, it encompassed other sciences in 1897. NMBU is the second oldest university in Norway. The university features three faculties, Environmental Science& Technology, Social Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences. There are also six research centers, including the Center for Plant Research, Bioenergy Research and Aquaculture Protein Center. NMBU has a very interdisciplinary approach and encourages a strong link between research and classroom study.

What is unique about Norway?

According to the Global Peace Index, Norway is the most peaceful country in the world. 98-99% of Norway’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power. Ås is located in the county of Akershus. The county has more than half a million inhabitants, and is the second-largest county by population after Oslo. The county is named after Akershus Fortress. Ås is approximately 40 km from the city of Oslo.

Campus Ås is also home to one of Norway's most beautiful parks, with a number of historical buildings, as well as Ås Farm, where research and teaching on traditional livestock are conducted. Campus Ås covers a total area of 600 hectares in the municipality of Ås.

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