Global Opportunities

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One major, worldwide possibilities

A variety of programs offer students opportunities to go abroad, where they experience new cultures, learn what it means to be a global citizen, and apply skills in an international setting. Some programs are exclusively designed for ILR students. For more information, and to read students' stories of their global experiences, check the ILR International Opportunities website.

International Exchanges in England, Australia, and Spain

Study at the Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick in England, the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain, or the University of New South Wales in Australia. Students typically take courses that focus on industrial and labor relations, human resource management, economics, and organizational behavior.

ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program

Students spend a semester studying at the Quinn School of Business at the University College Dublin, one of the premier higher education institutions in Europe. This experience provides ILR students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of international dimensions in the field of industrial and labor relations through courses taught by leading scholars. The curriculum emphasizes current work and workplace issues affecting the European Union. To learn more, check the ILR/UCD website.

Global Service Learning in India and Zambia

India: A partnership between the ILR School and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) offers students an opportunity to combine a cultural learning experience with community service. Students who participate earn academic credit. Participating students take a pre-departure course at Cornell, spend 6-8 weeks on location in India during the summer, and earn academic credit.

SVYM, a nonprofit grassroots-to-policy-level development organization founded in 1984, is engaged in improving the quality of life for underprivileged sections of society in India. SVYM focuses on health, education, community development, research, advocacy, and consultancy in the Mysore District of Karnataka, India. After a two-week on-site learning component at the organization's central Institute in Mysore, students are placed in service projects at various SVYM sites.

Zambia: The ILR Global Service Learning Program, in collaboration with the Global Health Program, offers ILR students the opportunity to participate in an eight-week program in Lusaka, Zambia. During the summer, a group of 6-8 ILR students and Global Health minors will conduct research projects at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR). Possible research projects may include the process of drafting a new constitution and the response of the public, the impact of revising the minimum wage, the effects of a predominantly male court system on women's rights, and other areas.

Global Learning

Cornell offers all undergraduates a variety of academic programs around the world. Participating students may take classes at a foreign university, engage in field study or research, complete an internship, select a service placement, or combine a number of these opportunities.