Bringing Cornell to the World and the World to Cornell

Cornell is a truly international university that educates globally competent and culturally sensitive students for leadership in an increasingly international environment; fosters cutting-edge research within and across national boundaries to contribute to the expansion of the knowledge essential for understanding this environment; and engages in development activities and public services to enhance the lives and livelihoods of our students and others around the world.


For the first time, Cornell students can spend a semester abroad in Cuba, conducting research in the life sciences and taking courses at the University of Havana beginning this August.

Is the United States in retreat as a global power? And does it really matter if we are?  Those questions were the launching point April 1 for a wide-ranging conversation in Washington, D.C., featuring three prominent Cornell foreign policy experts.  Their consensus answer to the first question was a qualified no; to the second, an unqualified yes.

Jim Berry believes that economics can be a force for good. His projects in India use economic studies and principles to uncover the best ways to alleviate poverty and inform policy.

Indonesia, with 700 spoken languages, is one of the most multilingual nations in the world. And while those languages with only a few hundred native speakers are clearly endangered, others, like Javanese, are spoken by tens of millions.  But according to Cornell linguist Abby Cohn, even Javanese should be considered at risk of extinction.

Dhruv Gupta '15, an undergraduate student in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, is a Scholar at the Hansard Society this spring. His international study experience is described in the program's newsletter.

The University will launch a new study abroad program in Spring 2015 for students to work at a local learning center in Kotagiri, India.  The Nigris Field Learning Center — where the program will take place — was created in a partnership between Cornell and the Keystone Foundation, which works with local communities to solve natural resources and rural development issues in India.