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 history of the University of Copenhagen dates back to 1479; it is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as one of the best universities in Europe. The University has a student body of 40,882 students including 5,500 international students. KU's eight faculties (faculties = colleges) are located on four campus areas in Copenhagen and encompass approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centers as well as museums and the Botanical Gardens.
Education and research are at the highest international level with 5,000 academic staff and 8 Nobel Prize laureates. The exchange program with Copenhagen University is among the most popular CALS Exchange Programs.
What is unique about Copenhagen?
For a number of years, Copenhagen has ranked high in international surveys for its quality of life. Although it is one of the world's most expensive cities, it is also one of the most liveable with its public transport, facilities for cyclists and its environmental policies. Copenhagen has one of the world's most dedicated bike cultures and plans to become the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. Already now, the city has more bicycles than people. In elevating Copenhagen to "most liveable city" in 2013, Monocle pointed to its open spaces, increasing activity on the streets, city planning in favour of cyclists and pedestrians, and features to encourage inhabitants to enjoy city life with an emphasis on community, culture and cuisine.
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