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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • 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?

With a unique blend of educational programs and courses, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class university and one-of-a-kind in Sweden. Specializing in life and environmental sciences, no other Swedish university offers programs in natural resources, veterinary medicine, landscape design, agronomy, and forest sciences. Our exchange with SLU was our first, and our partnership is over 60 years old!

SLU is a university with a very important purpose: to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve global sustainable development.  At SLU, students will engage in some of the most important issues facing the 21st century, such as global warming, the food crisis, and our dependence on non-renewable energy. Students are encouraged to face these challenges head-on and create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable world. SLU is one of Sweden's most research-intensive universities and produces a significant percentage of all biological research in Sweden. Research is specifically focused on the sustainable use of biological natural resources. SLU's main campuses are located at Alnarp, Skara, Uppsala, and Umea. CALS students almost always study at the Upsalla or Alnarp campus.

More information on SLU can be found on their Homepage 

For this program, we offer a FREE HOUSING scholarships as well as a monthly stipend.

What is unique about the location?

Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union. With an average of only 20 inhabitants per square kilometer, Sweden has plenty of wide-open spaces. In fact, forests cover approximately 67% of the land area of Sweden. Sweden is known for its social equity and economic success and has one of the lowest levels of poverty in the world. The Swedish lifestyle combines a love of nature, environmental awareness, and culture. With a government that invests heavily in development and research, Sweden has become one of the world's most innovative nations. 

Surrounded by a green park and just a short distance from the ocean, SLU's Alnarp campus is quite picturesque. In close proximity to the bigger cities of Lund, Malmo and Copenhagen, the campus is a gateway to the rest of Europe. 
Uppsala is Sweden's fourth-largest city and just a 45-minute train ride away from Stockholm. Upsalla is a student city that is also known as the city of bicycles. Student unions occupy a central role in Uppsala's student life. The student unions are organizations created and driven by students, for students and oversee the quality of SLU's programs and courses. 

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