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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2019


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI)


Opportunity Description

Coffee is both global and intensely local. This course examines coffee at both levels — from the local production in smallholder agriculture to production, trade, and consumption.

Throughout this 4-week course, trace how coffee moves from “bean to cup” — examining the ecology, economics, production, and consumption of coffee. Building on almost 20 years of teaching about smallholder agriculture in Thailand, this course studies coffee growing in the small upland farms of Northern Thailand and then moves into the production of coffee beans, roasting, and brewing. The course also examines the social and economic context of coffee production, and the business of coffee and cafes. The course led by ISDSI is in partnership with Rx Cafe Chiang Mai, and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

What is unique about summer study?

  • Summer is a great time to take a “deep dive” to pursue a particular subject in a new place, particularly if you are unable to study abroad any other time.
  • Unless you are taking a summer course with Cornell faculty, when you study abroad in the summer you are not registered at Cornell. Make sure to follow your college’s procedures to transfer credit back to Cornell. Note, these are generally the same as transferring domestic credit to Cornell.
  • Financial aid is not available for summer study, but many programs offer scholarships. National scholarships such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or the Boren Awards support STEM students who study in the summer. Also, check Cornell’s Off-Campus Opportunity Fund (OCOF) to see if you are eligible to apply for funds through OADI, Global Cornell, or Engaged Cornell.

How do I apply?

  1. Discuss any plans for receiving transfer credit with your college.
  2. Apply directly to your program
  3. Register your program destination and dates with Cornell using the “apply” button on this page.

Not only will Cornell be able to communicate with you in the event of an emergency, but you will have access to Cornell’s emergency assistance insurance and health and safety information.