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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2021-22
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


ISA Lille


Opportunity Description

In 2011, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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 summer program and internships, directed research in a lab, or field research.

Students who have previously participated in a Signature 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. 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, any summer program fee, and other personal expenses are paid separately.

What is unique about this program?

This CALS Signature Semester program is unique in just about every way! CALS has partnered with the France Agro3 (A French Network for Education and Research in Life Sciences), which include four higher education institutes specialized in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, to offer unique pathways that always include a semester, and may include a summer program and internship as well. Interested? Read on!

One of these four institutes is ISA in Lille, France. Students study at ISA for the Fall and/or Spring semester taking Master's level coursework in Food Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and/or Environmental Sciences. There are also a selection of Agriculture Economics & Marketing course options. Students may also choose to participate in an experiential credit-bearing summer program and a farm internship in advance of the Fall semester.

For more information on summer and semester program options, click on the Academics tab in the left column. 

What is unique about ISA and the city of Lille, France?

ISA Lille is a french graduate school of agriculture and bioengineering offering undergraduate courses and master’s programs with majors in Agricultural Science, Food Science, Environmental Science and Economics, Marketing & Management, taught in English and French. Created in 1963, ISA Lille’s campus is part of Lille Catholic University, the largest private higher education institution in France, with 26,000 full-time students and 2,500 international students. In addition to academic programs and research activities, ISA Lille offers consulting activities to local companies as well as global leaders in the sectors of agriculture, food industry and environment in France and abroad.

With a city population of about 230,000, Lille is a major cultural hub in France known as "The Capital des Frandres." The Palais des Beaux-Arts museum is home to France's second largest art collection after the Lourve. Centrally located near France's border with Belgium with easy access to Brussels, Paris and London, with Flemish architectural and cultural influence, Lille is a bustling university city with over 100,000 students and hundreds of cafes, restaurants, and events (music concerts, theatre) all through the year. Check out Le Chti, the annual city tour guide:

Review the other opportunities in France via this unique partnership:

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