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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2020


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.  In 2011, we started establishing the “CALS Signature semesters”, in addition to our existing exchange programs. The signature semesters combine a semester at an international partner university with academically supervised, structured hands-on/experiential learning opportunities like internships, directed research in a lab or field research.

Students who have previously participated in an exchange semester have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, and allowed them to apply and expand their skills in an international setting. Credits obtained while on a signature semester 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 CALS Signature Semester with the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) offers students two unique academic tracks of study and applied research, preluded by an intensive Spanish language program:

  • Spanish Intensive (Jan-March): Students must have the equivalent Spanish language level of B1 or B2 (Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate), and/or 4-5 semesters of college-level Spanish. Unless a fluent or native speaker, all students participate in a pre-semester intensive 8 week Spanish language program.
  • Track ONE: School of Agricultural Sciences Coursework & Research (March - July) : Students have the option to enroll in a selection Animal Science and Agricultural Science coursework. Students wishing to do research choose a field of study: Animal Production, Plant Production, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Plant Biology and request the topics of the chosen field with support from a UNL professor.
  • Track TWO: School of Veterinary Sciences Coursework & Research (March-July): Students have the option to enroll in a number of subjects including Public Health and Zoonoses, Epidemiology, Meat Technology, Milk Technology, and Wildlife Health. Research participation is dependent on the students previous coursework and experience. As most students do not have specific medical training, participation within the small and large animal hospital is solely clinical observation and task-oriented, not direct assistance to/with animals. Students are always guided by professors during their time at the hospital. Contribution to other research projects within vet science may be possible.

What is unique about the province of Santa Fe in Argentina?

The Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) is located in the province of Santa Fe (Argentina), in the Central Coast region of the country. Located in the Argentinian plains, the city of Santa Fe (with approx. 500,000 inhabitants) combines the customs and landscapes of modern Latin American cities with the traditional idiosyncrasies of Argentinian society. Founded in 1573, the city, historically known as the birthplace of the Argentinian Constitution, has developed into an extremely touristic spot due to its numerous amount of natural attractions, museums, and monuments.

Its headquarters are in the city of Santa Fe. CALS students will study at the campus of Esperanza, a small town of 40,000 inhabitants. The residence for international students is located on the vet/agriculture campus in the city of Santa Fe. Students cook for themselves, and may walk or bike to school.

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