Office of Global Learning

The field of Industrial and Labor Relations is situated within a highly globalized and increasingly complex system of international markets, economies, organizations and people. Study abroad provides students with an understanding of the larger global workplace. Whether your interests are workers' rights, comparative labor, or cultural-organizational behavior, the experience will serve as an integral component to your ILR education.

Cornell's Office of Global Learning administers non-exchange semester- or year-long study abroad programs (whether through direct enrollment, third-party providers, or Cornell-managed programs). Hundreds of options have been approved by ILR and are available to choose from depending on the student's academic and professional goals.

Schedule an appointment with Tamara Ingram, Assistant Director ILR International Programs (, to discuss degree progress/eligibility, international study program interests, course selection, and the application approval process.


The ILR faculty encourage students to take part in domestic and/or international, off-campus, credit-bearing programs during the academic year.  These opportunities include the ILR Credit Internship Program, ILR Exchange, ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program, Cornell in Washington, and study abroad through the Office of Global Learning.  Students may qualify to take part in these opportunities after completing their ILR-core requirements.  Those who entered ILR as a freshman or as a sophomore transfer are permitted to take part in two off-campus semester programs, while junior transfers may do one off-campus semester program.  

To participate in an ILR-approved program through the Office of Global Learning, students must:

  • be a registered, full-time student planning to study for a semester in their junior or senior year;
  • be in good academic standing and have successfully completed the ILR Core requirements prior to studying abroad;
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above--keep in mind that many programs have their own GPA requirements;
  • apply by the stated deadlines;
  • apply and register through Cornell's Office of Global Learning or ILR College Exchange; there are no exceptions to this rule. Credit is not awarded retroactively after a return from a leave of absence during which you may have studied abroad independently; and
  • receive approval on the “proposed course of study” from the college advisor for study abroad.

Courses and Credits

  • Up to 9 ILR out-of-college elective credits can be earned for a semester-long program or 15 for the year, if approved by faculty.
  • Students will receive credit for academic coursework completed abroad that is equivalent to a Cornell grade of "C."
  • Students cannot take courses as Pass/Fail.
  • All courses and grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the host institution.
  • Grades are not calculated in the overall GPA.

While Abroad

Students are:

  • required to study the language of the host country in non-English-speaking countries;
  • expected to enroll for a full course load (equivalent to 15 credit hours at Cornell); and
  • subject to ILR’s good academic standing requirements. Failure to meet the requirements will result in academic action upon return.

Transfer Students Studying Abroad

Transfer students are able to participate in the same study abroad opportunities as all ILR students, though they may find ILR Exchanges to be particularly beneficial.  For students with 45 or fewer transfer credits, studying abroad for a semester can fit into a Cornell degree quite seamlessly.  However, students with more than 45 transfer credits should discuss their individual situation with the Advisor for Study Abroad in ILR International Programs, Tamara Ingram (