Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


I also benefited so much academically from this international community, especially in classes like Gender and Natural Resources where different perspectives are extremely eye-opening. Natural Resources, Spring 2010

Opportunity Description

Since 1954, CALS has offered their students unique opportunities to study abroad via the CALS Exchange program. CALS students are able integrate 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 suitable to nearly all CALS major, especially for undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, 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 distinct mission of Wageningen University & Research is "to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life." Both Wageningen University's research and education are highly acclaimed. The prominence and caliber in the field of life science and natural resources is affirmed by their high rankings as an institution. In the 2018-2019, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Wageningen University was ranked 59th overall in the world. In 2016-17 QS University Rankings, Wageningen ranked #1 in Agriculture and Forestry, and #4 in Environmental Sciences.

Wageningen's is the only university in the Netherlands focused on the theme "healthy food and living environment."  Its majors align closely to CALS and the university has a longstanding collaborative and research-based partnership.

You can read more about this program here

What is unique about Wageningen?

Wageningen is a historic town in central Netherlands where commuting by bike is the norm. Wageningen is surrounded by farmland, forests, nature reserves and the meadows of the Rhine river. It has a population of approximately 38,500 of which about 12,000 are students from over 150 countries. Wageningen has a thriving cultural and social life. Theaters, cinemas, student clubs, bars, night life and restaurants offer the excitement of the city with the safe environment of a rural village. The many international students, professors and researchers contribute to the diverse atmosphere.

The rest of Europe is on your doorstep. Amsterdam is about an hour away.

Past Participants

We encourage you to reach out to past participants with inquiries regarding your host country and their experiences. The advisor would be happy to introduce you via email.

To read more about past participants experiences in Wageningen, visit the following links:

  • Student Reports (available in 140 Roberts Hall)
  • Paige (participated spring 2013) – blog
  • Photos

Student Testimonials

"Wageningen parallels Ithaca in a lot of ways. Much like Ithaca, you can make whatever you want of it." Major: Plant Science, Spring 2019

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. You can find the schedule here.

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. Appointments can be made here.

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 AND a CALS advisor 

Step Four: Nomination
•  Once your application is complete, our office will contact you with next steps.

For additional information on this program please refer to the Wageningen website.