Julia Franke

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2018
  • Spring 2019

Minimum GPA: 2.75

Housing Options:

Student Residence Hall

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 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. 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 Tokyo University of Agriculture abbreviated as Nodai (農大, nōdai) is a private university of agriculture. As of 2006, it is the only private university in Japan that specializes in agriculture. NODAI’s student undergraduate population consists of just over 11,700 students, all studying within the Faculties of Agriculture, Applied Bioscience, Regional Environment Science, International Agriculture and Food Studies and Bioindustry.  

NODAI offers an integrated approach to agriculture, food and environment with a focus on dynamics of production, distribution and consumption, especially as populations increase. Students get an in-depth course of study in this broad range of topics in Japan and Asia. 

The semester at NODAI is not quite aligned with the Cornell semester, which means that students will study in Tokyo from March-August if they decide to participate in the program.

What is unique about Tokyo?

 With its current population surpassing 37 million, Tokyo, the capital of Japan, ranks as the most populated city in the world. Tokyo is located on the southeastern side of Japan’s main island and is the country’s political and economic hub. With a history reaching back over 400 years, visitors are sure to have a unique experience where the past and present meet. Regarded as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world, with top-notch customer service that make every restaurant visit, shopping trip, train-ride, and taxi ride smooth sailing, Tokyo is now one of the most visited cities in the world!

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