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Pandemic Update: For updates on the current status of each opportunity, please contact the Advisor listed, or for courses, check the linked Class Roster page.


Course Descriptions

Follow links for each undergraduate department or graduate department.

Note: Many Tsinghua courses are 1-2 credit courses. Tsinghua will allow students to take up to 6 credits. When added to your Cornell courses, this cannot create an "overload" as determined by your college. It is also acceptable for you to take just one course at Tsinghua, regardless of the credit value.

Registration and Course Enrollment

Students participating in a Study Away opportunity will focus primarily on their Cornell online courses and must enroll in a minimum of 12 Cornell credits.  Students will be required to enroll in at least one additional course from the local program or university. The availability of local coursework varies by location. See the above link for site-specific details.

  • Register normally for 12 or more credits of Cornell University courses.
  • Register for at least one course after being admitted as a study away/exchange student; this course may be for any credit value. When allowed by the study away partner, you may take more than one course.
  • Obtain approval from your college for the course taken through the study away partner/university** (note: study away students will not be required to take a language course)

*All students should plan to participate in Cornell pre-enrollment as usual.  Students receive specific instructions regarding course enrollment from the host/partner institution.

**Students must have host-enrolled courses approved by their college or school toward their Cornell degree. In most cases, this will be elective credit, but in some cases could be approved to fulfill distribution, major, minor or concentration credit, however this is subject to college/school policy and is not guaranteed. More information on how and when to obtain approval will be communicated by your college or school upon approval to participate.

Grades & Credits

  • Study Away partner courses will count towards your total # of credits for Fall 2020. Follow the limits set by your college for the maximum number of credits.
  • Your specific study away courses will not be visible in Student Center; you will just see a "placeholder course" for your study away institution. The number of credits associated with the placeholder course is pre-set by the college and will not necessarily reflect the number of credits you will earn.
  • Students will receive credit for host coursework where the equivalent of a letter grade of "C" or above is received.
  • Your Cornell GPA will reflect Cornell courses only.


  • Study Away courses and grades will appear on your official Cornell transcript.
  • Study Away courses and grades will not be visible in Student Center even after they have been processed by your college.
  • You can order an official e-transcript via Student Center after your college has processed your study away courses and credit.

Request the registrar/academic records office to send your academic transcript to:

Office of Global Learning, attn: Education Abroad
B50 Caldwell Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-255-5243

Official e-transcripts may also be sent directly from the host institution via a secure means to