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.

Courses and Credit Approval

  • To find information on specific courses, go to the program’s website using the link in the “Snapshot” section of the Overview page.
  • 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. 
  • 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.)
  • Complete the Proposed Course of Study form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.

Academic Policies

  • Study the language of the host country (or take a course in that language) when studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year
  • 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 (equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses 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


English and Chinese

Poly U offers wide-ranging and professionally oriented programs for students of both FSAD and DEA. The School of Design at Polytechnic offers courses in the Environment and the Interior, Industrial and Product Design, Digital Media, and Multi Media. The Institute of Textiles and Clothing offers courses in Color and Fashion trends, Knitwear Design, Intimate Apparel, Fashion Consumer Behavior, Visual Merchandising, Global Fashion Marketing, and many others.

Students applying for an exchange at School of Design are required to submit the followings for School’s review.

1) portfolio,

2) transcript, &

3) letter of motivation (if applicable).

  • Please read Portfolio Guideline for clear instructions before submission.
  • Please send in portfolio and documents to by 15 Sep 2022 after being nominated by home university. Nominations without submission of portfolio will not be considered.  
  • Upon satisfactory review by the School, a unique token will be issued to individual students via email for completion of the GEO online application.  

School of Design opens below Disciplines for application in 2022/23:

  • Advertising Design (AD)
  • Communication Design (CD)
  • Environmental & Interior Design (EID)
  • Interactive Media (IM)
  • Product Design (PRD)

For more details on PolyU Exchange:

Incoming Student Exchange

PolyU factsheet