Students walk on the engineering quad during the fall semester

Incoming Exchange Programs

The College of Engineering accepts exchange students from the University of Cantabria, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.

Advising and Course Selection

Exchange students should carefully identify desired courses on their application. Students should check the Courses of Study to ensure that they have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses and that the course is offered during the semester they are studying here. A time roster is also available to avoid course conflicts. While students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits, not including Physical Education, the normal recommended course load is 15-18 credits.

The Engineering Registrar will pre-register exchange students in the courses they identify on their applications. Students may not receive every course that they select, but this is not unusual due to schedule conflicts and other factors. Many students change their schedules at the beginning of the semester during the "Add/Drop" period. During this time, students have 15 days to add classes and seven weeks to drop classes. In addition, we arrange for a faculty advisor to assist each exchange student with their academic planning.

The Engineering Registrar can not pre-register students for courses offered outside of the College of Engineering. However, students can register for these classes once they arrive on campus. Exchange students are not required to take a Physical Education course, but may find that these courses are a fun way to meet new friends.  The swim test is also not required for exchange students.


Exchange students may be most interested in the housing options for upperclass students (those who are not in their first year of college). Upperclass students live in spaces on West Campus, in Collegetown, and in North Campus Program Houses.  For on-campus housing, students are billed on their Cornell bursar bill.

Students may also choose to arrange private housing off campus, and the Off-Campus Housing Office has guidelines and resources for finding campus housing. 

If students plan to arrive before their housing is ready, they should make sure to have arranged for temporary lodging.


Once students arrive on campus, they have the opportunity to sign up for a meal plan, which may be charged to their Cornell bursar bill.

International Students and Scholar's Office (ISSO)

Upon arrival, exchange students must check in with the ISSO in Caldwell Hall. This office offers services related to student life, the international community, and practical matters (for example: clothing to pack for the cold winter weather).


Contact the Office of Global Learning.