Your academic experience abroad is going to be very different from home. Working under the policies and processes of the local institution, you may find a lot less structure, or a lot more.

Academic Policies

  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (must earn grade of equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses must be taken for a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA

Courses and Credit Approval

  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare options, get advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students. 
  • Complete the Study Abroad Participation & Course Approval form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.

Modules span over a full academic year at Harper Adams. If you are attending for only one semester, you will only be assessed on your learning outcomes for the material reviewed during the semester you are there. For continuity, Fall semester exchange is the best option, however, the Spring is also possible. Students will take 11 weeks of classes and 4 weeks of a research project. It is also possible to take modules with the Master's program. 60 credits at Harper Adams are equivalent to 15 US credits. 

Students staying for one semester will enroll in 8 classes or 6 classes and a research project. At least half of your classes should be from one subject area. Students should choose 2nd-year courses (also called honors courses or level 5 classes). Harper Adams focuses on the following academic areas:

  • Agriculture: Animal Science, Land and Farm Management, Crop Management, Environmental Management, Mechanization
  • Agricultural Engineering: Marketing and Management; Off-road Vehicle Design with Marketing and Management; and Food Engineering
  • Animals and Veterinary Nursing: Animal Health and Welfare; Animal Management; Animal Behavior; Animal Science; Bio-Veterinary Science
  • Food Science: Food and Consumer Studies; Food, Nutrition and Well-being; Food Studies
  • Agri-Business: Business with Marketing; Agri-business; Food Supply Chain and Management
  • Rural Enterprise and Land Management

Students interested in research projects can join an ongoing research projects offered by a Harper Adams Faculty member. Examples of previous research projects are work on Animal Nutrition, Animal Health or Dairy Research. Students can also do pre-veterinary research. 

credit hour equivalency and grading scale conversion chart is available for reference.   

Courses Taken In Previous Semesters

Below is a list of courses taken in previous years for reference and not a list of course offerings. There is no guarantee of course availability. Courses are listed in alphabetical order by the subject and course code. The majors that students were in while abroad are in ( ). 

  • Anaestheia and Surgery (AnSci)
  • Animal Medicines (AnSci)
  • Degree Review Project (AnSci)
  • Farm Animal Health (AnSci)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology (AnSci)
  • Medical Nursing (AnSci)
  • Musculoskeletal Dysfunction (AnSci)
  • Nursing Support for Disease Diagnosis (AnSci)
  • Principles and Application Diagnostic Imaging (AnSci)