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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of globalization, westernization, and climate change in Oceania.

What is unique about this program?

  • See the effects of climate change and tourism on Pacific communities and landscapes on a variety of excursions
  • Hear diverse perspectives on the human dimensions of climate change and social transitions in the Pacific
  • Study in the cradle of Polynesian history and culture
  • Experience a breadth of Pacific Island life through four unique homestays
  • Spend significant time interacting with young Pacific Islanders
  • Enjoy a weeklong orientation in Hawai‘i

What is unique about Samoa?

The program is based in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Traditionally considered the cradle of Polynesia, Samoa was the launching point for the wider human settlement of Polynesia, the last region to be settled in the Pacific. In 1962, Samoa became the first Pacific Island to achieve independence as a sovereign nation-state.

On excursions, you’ll see the Pacific’s exceptional beauty. You’ll also observe firsthand the impacts of westernization, tourism, and social, environmental, and climate change on different Pacific Island communities.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)