Cornell University: Spring study abroad features new Cornell Global Hubs

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There’s a place in the world for every Cornell student. Undergraduate students across all colleges and majors will find study abroad programs worldwide to advance their academic and career goals, including opportunities at the new Cornell Global Hubs.

Study abroad applications for spring semester close on September 15. Applications for winter programs close on September 30.

Cornell offers a range of study abroad programs for Cornellians to learn more about a place or culture, increase language fluency, sample a different learning environment or explore a career path.

Featured this fall are exchange programs at seven Global Hubs—Australia, China, Ecuador, Denmark, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom—that embed Cornell students at world-class partner universities. Each Hub connects all of Cornell—student, faculty and international alumni—with one or more universities and their communities, countries and regions.

Hubs offer students classes that return to their Cornell degrees, curricular pathways through majors, and hands-on field experiences. While building connections to communities on new campuses, students remain connected to Cornell through regional alumni and Cornell faculty researchers.

“If you’re thinking about studying abroad, definitely do it,” says Allison Lee ’25.
Several students got an early taste of Global Hubs this summer. One is Allison Lee ’25, a CALS Global Fellow and student in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business/CALS.

Lee traveled to Australia, where she studied at the University of Sydney while working as a business and marketing intern at Rufus and Coco, an Australian-owned lifestyle pet brand. Lee described her experience at the Australia Hub as a life-changing chance to “explore marketing in a real-life setting.”

Hubs are Cornell’s collaborative centers of engagement around the world that invite students into a network of fellow students, faculty and alumni—a global extension of your Cornell community. Hannah Drexler ’24 experienced this at the Ecuador Hub as a global summer intern with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS), part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Hannah Drexler stands outside a restaurant overlooking the city of Quito, Ecuador.
An Arts and Sciences Robert S. Harris College Scholar and student of politics, Drexler joined Paolo Moncagatta, faculty at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), to conduct focus groups on political polarization. She experienced polarization firsthand when economic protesters took to the streets in Quito, near the Cumbayá campus.

“I grew as a person as I engaged empathetically with this political event and its consequences as a researcher and a visitor to Ecuador,” she said.

The Cornell Winter Program in Ecuador, facilitated by the Office of Global Learning (OGL) and LACS, is another way to experience Ecuador. Over two weeks, students study at USFQ and work at field sites in the Andes and Amazon.

Across the world in Singapore, Sara Hishinuma ’24, a biological sciences major and CALS Global Fellow, spent the summer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) working alongside faculty in the Neurodevelopment and Cancer Lab to study the effects of gene manipulation on tumor growth.

Sara Hishinuma ’24 studied abroad in Singapore and did research on gene manipulation at the university’s Neurodevelopment and Cancer Lab.
“My time in Singapore has influenced my future plans by expanding my world views and widening my career choices,” said Hishinuma. “My experience working in a lab and meeting people of varying backgrounds and career paths has allowed me to realize my love for both research and intercultural exchange.”

The Cornell Winter Program in Cambodia, facilitated by OGL and the Einaudi Center’s Southeast Asia Program, is another way to go abroad to Asia. This two-week program provides an in-depth focus on the cultural heritage of Cambodia both past and present.

Interested students should explore Global Hubs programs, talk with an Office of Global Learning advisor and complete the application by September 15 for spring or September 30 for winter.

Students can also learn more about study abroad and Hubs opportunities by attending this year’s International Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11–1, on the Uris Hall Terrace.

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