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International Off-Campus Activity Toolkit

Molecular Diagnostics class in Chile
Molecular Diagnostics class in Chile.
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For Off-Campus Activity Leaders

Thank you for considering leading an international off-campus activity for Cornellians!

In this online toolkit, Cornell University faculty, staff, and students who lead student activities abroad—whom we call Off-Campus Activity Leaders (OCALs)—can find guides, best practices, templates, and connections to experienced potential collaborators. The toolkit provides advice and resources for designing off-campus student learning experiences in bite-sized chunks for the novice to the veteran. OCALs are encouraged to utilize the entirety of the material or hone in on those topics where guidance is sought. 

While it is normal for program development to take one to two years and involve numerous people, this toolkit provides a one-stop-shop—a “how-to” guide—to encourage consistency across international off-campus activities and facilitate their creation and execution.

OCALs: Self-enroll here for access to the toolkit

If you have any questions regarding the materials in this toolkit, please email

Note: By default, all faculty, students, and staff who have previously used Blackboard have a university Canvas account to access the toolkit. Those without an account can request one by visiting