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Cornell University CALS EXC
Ithaca NY, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Agreement Scope:
Agriculture and Environment, Science, Veterinary Science
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Program Description:


Cornell University

: Ithaca, NY
Year Established: 1865
Student population: 21,600
Ranked 11th in the world, Cornell University was founded as a coeducational, non-sectarian institution. One of the Ivy League universities, it offers first class academic rigour, a world-class faculty teaching more than 5,000 courses, and a beautiful campus. 43 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or alumni.

Cornell’s beautiful campus is at Ithaca, a small city in the stunning Finger Lakes Region and just a day trip away from New York City. As well as academic buildings and residence halls, it offers amazing research and teaching facilities, a green environment, plenty of recreation and great food. It has a caring community and is legendary for its fun, active student life.

Unique characteristics
Cornell offers a huge breadth of study, including famous humanities programs to research into nanotechnology, biotechnology, supercomputing and genomics. There are 14 colleges and schools and nearly 80 majors to choose from.

Idyllic Ithaca is home to Cornell students and others who love all it has to offer – poetry readings, art-house cinema, good food and stunning scenery. From here you can visit New York and Niagara Falls, visit the Johnson Museum of Art and tour the breathtaking natural attractions, which include waterfalls and a gorge right in the centre of town
United States - Cornell University - building

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Animal Sciences

Food Science

Natural Resources

Agricultural Sciences

American Indian Studies

Neurobiology & Behaviour

Biological and Environmental Engineering

Health Sciences


Applied Economics & Management

Animal Physiology and Anatomy


Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)


University of Sydney

Host University


15 Credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – 20-17
B – 16-15
C – 14-13
D – 12-11
E – 10
F – <10
More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.

Language Requirements
You are required to submit either the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] or the International English Language Testing System [IELTS] if you are from a non-English medium institution; and/or your first language is not English.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
Student Support Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of the United States of America in Australia

Student Experiences

Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness, Semester 1, 2016

Host City Highlights
All the gorges and waterfalls as well as the finger lakes and wineries.

Uni Life
The Uni was quite academic, but also laid-back.

The classes were intense but you can learn so much. In the US, you get quite a few assignments. The good news is that the finals were worth relatively little and most of the time quite easy. There was a lot of group work and presentations.

Food in Ithaca is alright. There are a number of different cuisines but kind of pricey due to the remoteness of the town. Saigon Kitchen is definitely my favourite. Cornell's campus dining is in the top 5 in the US and I liked it.

I stayed off-campus. The housing was in fair condition given the cheap price ($500/month). I would recommend Collegetown, West Campus and Downtown.

Money Matters 
My budget was according to the USYD guidelines. It was more than sufficient for me since my housing was cheap. There wasn't much entertainment in Ithaca, so expenses were low. If you travel a lot, that's another story.

Getting Around 
It is easier to live in a small town if you buy a car, yet Ithaca's public transport is the best of all small towns in the US (yes there is a ranking for that). Be sure to rent a place near a bus stop if you don't want to buy a car.

Travelling is phenomenal in the US. Be sure to go to Canada if you are at Cornell. Rent a car with a friend who's 25 or older, and the daily rate will be something like $30. Normally it is cheaper than taking a bus, because petrol is so cheap in the US.

Top Tips
If you are academic-focused, laid-back and love/want to live in a small town, then this is right for you.

Cornell University

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