Exchange Programs

An ILR Exchange is a study abroad opportunity with a specific ILR international partner university and is ONLY open to ILR students. ILR Exchange Programs provide a unique opportunity for ILR students to study abroad at a partner institution.  Students can study for a semester, full-year, or during the summer in China.  Our partner institutions offer courses that are similar to ILR’s, which makes it possible for students to earn ILR elective credits while abroad.  Exchange programs are reciprocal with ILR students going abroad and international exchange students coming to ILR, Cornell University. Currently the ILR School has student exchange programs in Australia, China, Italy, Spain, and the UK.


Any ILR junior or senior in good academic standing (3.0 or above at the time of departure) with all ILR core requirements completed.

Note:  The Renmin University of China Summer Exchange is open to ILR Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (returning to ILR in the fall), and MILRs, and students interested in the URV (Spain) Exchange Program must have minimal Spanish language ability.

Courses and Credits

The course selections will be similar to ILR courses, so many of them can be applied towards ILR elective credits.  This can be an important factor for transfer students.

Tuition and Costs

Students on Exchange pay ILR tuition with NO additional fees (this can be a very good deal for in-state students).  Room and board, books, airfare, in-country travel, visa fees, and all other personal expenses would be additional.   Financial aid would apply.  Students studying in Australia may apply for the Brooke and Glenn Grindlinger Australia Travel Award, a $2,500 award to cover travel costs, and students studying in China may apply for a special China Grant to help cover some costs.