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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2021-22
  • 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?

BOKU offers a BSc and MSc "Environmental and Bio Resources Management", and also MSc "Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering". 98% of Austria´s waste water is treated in sewage treatment plants. Waste water treatment is an important part of BSc and MSc in "Environmental Engineering."

What is unique about Austria, and Vienna?

There are no nuclear power plants in Austria. Most energy is generated with hydro-electric power plants. Lectures in the field of Water Resource Planning and Water Management are given at the "Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering". Austria has the highest percentage of organic farmers within the European Union. BOKU offers classes in the MSc "Organic Farming"--Cornell students with the appropriate background are eligible to take them. Austria has an age long tradition of wine production and is an important exporter of wine. BOKU offers a BSc in "Viticulture, Oenology and Wine Marketing."

Austria is one of the countries with the highest percentage of recycling of used materials. Austrian citizens have a high awareness of the limitations of natural resources. BOKU Vienna is taking on the challenge to play a role in securing and consciously using their natural life resources.

Vienna, Austria's capital, has a population of 1.8 million and is the cultural, economic and political center of the country. Known for its high quality of life and music, it is often called "The City of Dreams" as it was the home to famous psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud.

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