Skip to main content
ILR students participating in an international experience

Study Abroad

Each year, nearly 100 ILR students take advantage of study abroad opportunities to increase their academic, personal, and global perspectives.  ILR students can choose to study abroad either through an ILR-managed program or an ILR-approved program through the Office of Global Learning.  Programs vary in focus, design, and credit transfer.  For semester programs, students pay standard Cornell tuition plus related program fees, and financial aid awards apply to approved semester programs.  ILR also has two special funding opportunities for select semester programs that only ILR students can apply for: the Grindlinger Award for academic activity in Australia and the Brettschneider Award for study at Oxford (especially Pembroke College and New College).  Speak with the ILR study abroad advisor for more details.

ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin

Illuminating the world of work in Ireland, Europe, and beyond. The ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program is an evolving collaboration between the ILR School at Cornell University and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin (UCD). Students earn a minimum of 12 credits that can be applied towards their ILR elective requirements.

Learn more about the ILR/UCD program.

ILR Exchange

An ILR exchange program is a unique study abroad opportunity with a specific ILR international partner university and is only open to ILR students.  Our partner institutions offer courses that are similar to ILR's, which allows students to apply the majority of their coursework taken while on exchange towards their ILR elective requirements.  Students can earn up to 15 ILR elective credits for approved coursework.

Learn more about the ILR exchange programs.

Office of Global Learning

The Office of Global Learning administers non-ILR managed semester- or year-long study abroad programs (whether through direct enrollment, third-party providers, or Cornell-managed programs). Many of these programs are approved by ILR and are available to choose from depending on students' academic goals and interests.

Learn more about Office of Global Learning study abroad programs.

Engaged Learning


Summer Global Service Learning

Since 2011, the ILR School has partnered with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (, in Mysore, Karnataka State, to develop the India SVYM Global Service Learning (GSL) Program. SVYM is a community development, non-religious, non-political organization working for the benefit of indigenous and rural people in southern India through effective education, accessible healthcare and sustainable empowerment initiatives.

Missing alt
Learn more about the India program.


Summer Global Service Learning

This ILR opportunity is a collaboration with the Global Health Program and offers an eight-week summer program in Lusaka, Zambia. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), to complete a research project on various topics related to Zambia.

Learn more about the Zambia program.


Winter Engaged Learning Program

The ILR International Programs Office and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution are offering a winter break Engaged Learning (EL) opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam.   The focus of the program will be in the area of labor relations and conflict resolution.

Vietnam Ha Long Bay
Learn more about the Vietnam program.

ILR Global Scholars

An ILR Academic Distinction

The ILR Global Scholars program encourages students to incorporate a global component into their education at ILR and recognizes those who do this successfully with a special ILR academic distinction.

Learn how you can become an ILR Global Scholar.

ILR International Travel Grant

ILR International Programs awards a limited number of small travel grants to ILR undergraduate and graduate students to support eligible ILR-related educational activities abroad. These small grants are intended to supplement a student’s budget in areas of critical need and facilitate his or her presence abroad.