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Study Away Spring 2021 FAQ


What are the benefits of Study Away?
If you can't get to Ithaca this spring, Study Away provides access to local university facilities, living space, and services with a Cornell community.

Is Study Away mandatory for international students?
No, international students may return to Cornell if they can do so. You may also study remotely without participating in a residential Study Away program.

How is eligibility determined?
Acceptance to the Study Away program is based on eligibility criteria listed on the Study Away page and detailed in the corresponding Cornell Experience page and availability at the requested location. Eligibility criteria are set by Cornell, the partner institution, and degree constraints.

Who should I talk to about whether this will work for me?
Talk to your academic or degree program advisor to see if Study Away fits your curricular needs and to the Education Abroad advisor assigned to the location of interest.

Do you need any additional information beyond what is on the application?
No, your Cornell records show your progress toward the degree. If you are a first-year, transfer, or incoming graduate student, your admissions application to Cornell is sufficient.

The address in my application is incorrect, but the form won't let me make a change. What do I do? 
Eligibility is not affected by your address. Still, your address must be accurate in the university's system. Make sure your address is updated in Student Center. The address change will not show in your Study Away application.

I am a graduate/professional student. Can I participate in Study Away?
Not all Study Away locations can accommodate graduate or professional students. Check for eligibility at each site on the Study Away page. Some may accept graduate research students (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) but not professional graduate degree students or vice versa. 

Graduate and professional students interested in Study Away should be in touch with their program's faculty or staff contacts to determine if the program is allowable and a good match.

Can I apply for Study Away if I am a dual citizen (e.g., Vietnam and the U.S.)?
You may apply if you are a dual citizen. You will be able to indicate this citizenship status in your application. You must be physically in the country where you wish to study before the beginning of the spring 2021 semester.

I am a permanent resident of Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau SAR. Does this make me eligible for all programs in China?
You must meet the eligibility requirements of the program. 

I don't have an F-1 or J-1 visa. Can I still participate?
These visas are only necessary for Study in the U.S. You will need to obtain a visa before coming to the U.S. to study. Please refer to the International Services page for immigration FAQ and resources.

If I am not selected, can I defer my Cornell enrollment?
Students may request a personal leave of absence from their college. If you have been admitted to Cornell but have not yet begun your studies at Cornell, you will need to confirm your academic plans with your college.


Should I apply for more than one location?
No, please apply to the location that is your first choice and apply only to that program. Additional applications will be automatically withdrawn. For students applying to sites in China, there is a space for you to select a back-up location in case we are not able to place you at your top choice. Space may be extremely limited at some sites, and it is key that your back-up choice represents a site of interest. If you select the same location for your first and second choice, it will not boost your chances of being selected for that location. Not choosing a back-up will lessen our ability to consider you for alternate site placements. 

If spaces in my preferred program are full, will my application be considered for another program?
If you list a back-up program in your application, we will consider your eligibility for that site. We may consider you for other options if your first choice and back up are both unavailable. Admission decisions are final, and you will have the ability to accept or decline an offer.

Which Cornell Health resources will remain available to me?
Cornell Health's services have specific considerations for students outside of the United States. Please visit the Cornell Health website or call during business hours.

Who is responsible if anything goes wrong at a Study Away site? 
If you have issues with your local conditions, please speak with local staff. If you have questions about Cornell academics, consult with your Cornell major or field advisor or program director. If you have questions about the site you are at or the program as a whole, contact the Education Abroad advisor assigned to your location.

If I am at a Study Away site, and it shuts down due to covid-19, how would that affect me?
As in Ithaca, our partners must follow the local government's public health guidelines. If a location shuts down due to health concerns, you will maintain your full-time status as a Cornell student because you are registered for a minimum of 12 credits. All partners have indicated their courses would go online if they were unable to stay open.

Are all Study Away programs complying with the same quarantining and social distancing protocols as Cornell?
The COVID-19 situation varies around the world, and the situation remains fluid. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to response. Each host institution must abide by its own local and national regulations and enforcement mechanisms to support the community's safety. As one the Ithaca campus, there is a 100 percent expectation that students comply with the host institution's pandemic prevention measures and safeguards. At many, if not all, sites, for example, students will likely need to prove they've tested negative for COVID-19 before arriving. There may also be requirements to self-quarantine upon arrival. Masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing are a given. We are working closely with each of our collaborators on this vital matter, and participants will be advised on site-specific requirements.

Health systems in many countries may be overburdened due to covid-19. Is Study Away taking that into consideration?
Safety for student participants is a fundamental priority. However, just as in the U.S., where the situation remains fluid, conditions abroad may change. Study Away sites may be adjusted or canceled in advance or during the program if the site's health and safety status require it.


How will I choose my Cornell courses?
Cornell will communicate with students about pre-enrollment dates. Choose your courses in consultation with your college/school advising office. 

Can I access the Cornell Library while I am studying away?
Yes, please refer to Cornell University's page for online instruction. Also, check out Cornell University Library's enhanced online resources.

Why do I have to take a course from the host program?
Taking one course from the local university is part of the arrangement that makes Study Away work. Taking this class will allow you to immerse yourself in the host university and experience the program as a collaboration rather than a service. We hope you will make connections that last long after you leave.

Can I get major credit for courses I take at the host program?
In most cases, credit will return as elective credit toward overall degree requirements credits. In some cases, credit could be approved as distribution, major, minor, or concentration credit, subject to college or department review, but this is not guaranteed. Students should be prepared to be flexible around how host credits are applied to individual Cornell graduation requirements. 

I hope to take the maximum credits my college permits to stay on track or to graduate early. Can I get approval to do this?
The minimum number of Cornell credits you may enroll in to be eligible for Study Away is 12 credits. You may take up to the maximum number of credits allowed by your college, including both your Cornell and study away host university courses. We strongly encourage you to consider your personal wellness and academic needs around remote learning and consider what you need in place to succeed and balance coursework.

What if my Cornell classes conflict with the course schedule at the partner program?
Spring 2021 modes of instruction will be communicated by Cornell. Cornell classroom teaching in Fall 2020 offered two primary modalities: 1) all online and 2) in-person, with remote accessibility for off-campus students (including outside the U.S.) or in quarantine. Faculty also had the option of a hybrid approach, where some elements of a course are delivered online and others in-person or where student cohorts take turns participating remotely versus in-person. Students will be provided with information in advance about each class's modality and can use that information in selecting their courses. 

If it becomes possible for me to travel to the U.S. during the middle of the semester, can I withdraw from Study Away and take classes in person? 
Committing to a Study Away program is considered to be a semester-long agreement. Withdrawal from the program will incur the agreed-to penalty fee, and you will be responsible for any housing or fees. 

Will my participation in Study Away influence my diploma or certifications? 
You will be a registered Cornell student for the spring 2021 semester. Your particular Study Away program will appear on your Cornell transcript. Partner institutions will issue grade reports to Cornell to indicate the course title(s) and grade(s) from local classes. That information will be reflected on your Cornell transcript. Courses taken at a partner institution will not have Cornell course codes, and grades will not factor into the Cornell GPA. Your Cornell diploma reflects your Cornell degree and does not contain information about semester coursework. 

Study Away students are not eligible for certifications, degrees, or diplomas from the partner institutions based on the course(s) taken at the partner institution. 


Will I have any interactions on campus with other Cornellians?
Yes! You will be living with or near other Cornell students, using common study and meeting spaces, with site-dependent opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities together.

Can I participate in Study Away as a commuter from home?
Being part of a living and learning environment is a core part of all Study Away options. Students who are not prepared to live in program housing should not apply.


What is the price of Study Away?
In addition to Cornell tuition and fees, students will pay for room and board at their site and incidentals. 

Does my financial aid carry over to Study Away programs?
Students who currently receive financial aid are eligible to seek funding for Study Away. Upon acceptance and commitment to a site, a program budget will be finalized for each student. A copy of the budget will be sent to students via their Cornell email address, and a copy will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office. The expected family contribution remains the same for the academic year, and financial aid is adjusted based on the Study Away program's estimated costs. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit through the Office of the Bursar. Students should be aware that university-funded student employment opportunities are not permitted outside the U.S.