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, Animal Science, Biology, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, Global Health, Landscape Architecture, 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 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 approximately 31,000 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.
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 livable 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 livable 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.
Past participants have submitted feedback about their experiences. These surveys are available for your review. Would you like to ask a past participant questions about their experience? The CALS exchange coordinator is happy to connect you to a Cornell student who has studied at KU. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an introduction.
How do I apply?
- Meet with the CALS Exchange Advisor
- The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. It's an opportunity to discuss the program, 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.
- Note: Landscape Architecture majors must be prepared to submit a portfolio for assessment. You will submit this via email-not within the application.