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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020


Cindy Tarter

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?

Jacobs University Bremen, is a private, independent university that opened in 2001. Although located in Germany, it is an English-language university. It is a selective, international, residential university that has a student body of 1,300 students from over 100 countries. Students take all classes in English, including course evaluation and examinations.  Students live in residential colleges on campus where English is the language of everyday activity. Housing at Jacobs is guaranteed and students live in modern single rooms, in which a bathroom and small corridor are shared between two students. 

Jacobs University follows the principle of research-based learning.  Exchange students have the opportunity to take part in research projects in state-of-the-art laboratories, lab classes or internship programs. The Jacobs campus is located 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center of Bremen. Students have the opportunity to experience the German culture at first hand, join the German Host Family Program or foster their knowledge about Germany and Europe in classes specifically designed for exchange students. 

What is unique about Bremen?

The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has a population of about 550,000. Bremen is the second development centre of the region, after Hamburg. Bremen is situated on the Weser River some 43 miles from the North Sea. It is one of the largest ports of Germany and also one of the major industrial cities of northern Europe.  Numerous theatres, libraries and archives, and museums and galleries contribute to the cultural life of Bremen. Bremen City Airport is a host to the Ryan Air company that provides inexpensive flights to many exciting European destinations such as London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Vienna, Prague and more.

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