Semesters Available: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
GPA Requirement: 2.5 GPA or higher
Language of Instruction: Spanish. Students are required to have equivalent to 4 college-level semesters of Spanish. If participating in “Course Training in Research for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Science” students may use some English.
Course Training in Research:
Fall: August to December; Spring: March to July
Regular Academic Calendar for coursework at University: Fall: July to December; Spring; March to July
Special program for CALS students only!
For detailed and current information on the program, including links to blogs and student reports, please refer to the CALS Exchange Program website.
Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina, has something for everyone: from green parks to street art, beef dinners to healthy vegetarian, Tango to hip hop, antique to modern, you will find a pleasant surprise around every corner. Often referred to as the “Paris of Latin America,” we found it to be a bit Barcelona, a bit Paris, and of course, quite a bit Latin American. The Spanish spoken by locals sounds like the Italians have their influence too. Nevertheless, the city is definitely and distinctly Buenos Aires. Three million inhabitants live within 48 neighborhoods (barrios), and it can be your city for a semester or a year on exchange.
• The seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
• Located in the capital and largest city in Argentina with a population of 2.9 million people.
• According to Fodors: “Incredible food, fresh young designers, and a thriving cultural scene—all these Buenos Aires has. Yet less tangible things are at the heart of the city's sizzle—for one, the spirit of its inhabitants. Here a flirtatious glance can be as passionate as a tango; a heated sports discussion as important as a world-class soccer match. It's this zest for life that's making Buenos Aires one of Latin America's hottest destinations.”
Located in the Agronomia barrio, within the bustling and vibrant city of Buenos Aires, students will welcome the park-like atmosphere and unique personality of the School of Agronomy’s campus (FAUBA). Created more than 100 years ago, the University of Buenos Aires’ FAUBA offers CALS’ students a wide variety of subjects from which to choose. Well-respected and research intensive, FAUBA is a solid choice for students who want to have an enriching academic experience, while enjoying all that cosmopolitan Buenos Aires has to offer.
Areas of Study - Coursework
• Agriculture & Crops
• Animal Science
• Animal Production (rabbit, beef, avian, pig)
• Dairy Production
• Environmental Sciences
• Fruit growing
• Landscape Planning and Design
• Plant production & protection
• Plant Science & biotechnology
• Organic Vegetable Production
• Rural Tourism
• Water management
Course Training in Research for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Science (in English)
An alternative to coursework (or in addition to general coursework in some cases) is an intensive research-focused program in which students benefit from working directly with FAUBA’s PhD professors in one of the following areas:
• Applied Biology and Food
• Economy, Development and Agrarian Planning
• Agriculture Engineering and Land Use
• Quantitative Methods and Information Systems
• Animal Production
• Plant Production
• Natural Resources and Environment
The program is open students who wish to boost their curricula with a comprehensive academic experience. Some background in environmental science and agriculture are strongly recommended. Previous field work experience is not required.
Some of the specific research areas include:
• Ecophysiology of winter crops
• Ecophysiology of corn crop
• Ecophysiological basis for the improvement of grain crops
• Ecophysiology of seed
• Quality of grains
• Weed ecology
• Epidemiology and ecophysiology of diseases in wheat
• Crop production systems
• Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
• Plant cell walls. Characterization of Polysaccharides and Applications
• Dairy production in pastoral environments
Students should keep in mind that classes are organized by years 1-5, and the difficulty and course load of each course increases each year.
Example from past student: “I am in 2 classes (Produccion lechera y Forrajes) that are 5th year courses. Because of this, the difficulty may or may not be high for a Cornell student given what classes they have taken previously (for me, the dairy class is very basic because I have a background and class history in it, but Forrajes is more difficult due to my lack of experience in the field and the language factor as well). In addition, both of these classes require a group project that is an evaluation of a farm from the standpoint of that class. This takes quite a bit of time and effort, in that you must travel to the farm to evaluate it, and write up a large paper in your group and then present it.
Most classes include multiple optional times for field trips to farms, and students are required to go on 1 or 2 per class.
Any dairy students should definitely take the Postgrado Produccion lechera class with Dr. Rossi. It is a great way to meet people in the industry who have experience, as well as round out your understanding of dairy farming in Argentina. It is every other weekend on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm, which seems like a lot, but is not when considering the benefits you gain. We will also be taking at least one field trip for a weekend to Santa Fe, a wonderful opportunity to see more of the industry outside of the close surrounding areas of BA.”
Course registration will not take place until you are in Buenos Aires. You, along with the help of FAUBA’s international office staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation. While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Argentinian educational system. For example, it may take you the first couple weeks of the semester to thoroughly establish your course schedule. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site.
Students need an equivalent to 4 college semesters of Spanish prior to going to FAUBA. Unless a native Spanish speaker, students will also need to take Spanish for Foreigners while abroad. This can be in the form of a one month pre-semester intensive course or a semester-long course. The cost is ~$500 (financial aid eligible). Visit http://idiomas.filo.uba.ar/ for more details.
• General Urquiza line, from Federico Lacroze station to General Lemos station, which is the nearest station. Get off at Pedro Arata station.
• Train frequency from F. Lacroze station from Mondays to Fridays: every 8 minutes - Length of journey: from F. Lacroze to Arata, 5 minutes.
• The two way ticket cost is $ 1.00 and monthly tickets are available at $ 21.50.-
• Los Incas subway station belongs to line B which is the one that takes you near the School.
• The journey from L.N.Alem station to Los Incas takes 22 minutes.
• If you are living near another subway line (A-C-D-E), in line B, station Carlos Pellegrini is the point to change to lines D and C.
• Once you arrive at the station, you can walk approximately one mile to get to the School or you can take buses 80 or 87 and get off at Av. Los Incas in the crossing with Av. Constituyentes or simply go on foot.
• The bus ticket costs $ 0.80 cents, you can buy season tickets (for 10 trips) or the subte card which you may reload at any station.
The bus stops are located in front of two School exit doors. You can take any of these bus lines: 47 - 57 - 78 - 80 - 105 - 111 - 113 - 123 - 133 - 146.
The ticket cost is $ 0.80 cents. Remember that you should have coins since the ticket is sold on the bus by a machine accepting coins only.
For more information about transportation, please see: www.subte.com.ar; www.loscolectivos.com.ar; www.comoviajo.com
Many students live in an adjacent rooming house or in nearby "agro-homestays.” International Relations at FAUBA maintains a database of accommodations, which has generally been used for exchange students and teachers, but according to reports from our students, tends to be more expensive than finding housing on your own.
For example, in spring 2014, CALS students lived in shared apartments or homestays in Colegiales ($525/month), Pallermo/Soho ($450/month), and Chacarita ($300/month)— all with good success. They all used www.airbnb.com to find their housing.
Due to safety concerns, students strongly suggest not living in Once neighborhood.
What to expect if you apply:
First of all, we’re glad you’re interested in joining our exclusive group! Yep, we’re talking about the CALS Exchange Program! Since 1954, we have offered CALS students unique opportunities to study abroad. Through reciprocal agreements with select partner universities, CALS students integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students from the host university. In exchange, a student from our partner institution comes to study at CALS. Nearly all partner institutions in non-English speaking countries offer a wide range of classes taught in English.
Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. Students purchase plane tickets and pay remaining costs such as housing, meals, student visa application fees, local travel, and personal expenses. Financial aid travels with eligible students. Hands-on experiences, internships, scholarships, and stipends are available at select institutions.
The CALS Exchange Coordinator is available by appointment for assistance with program selection, financial and travel planning, registration, credit, obtaining a student visa for host country, and pre-departure programming. Whether you’re completely new to the idea, or you’ve been planning to study abroad since you were in elementary school, we want you to feel supported every step of the way!
The CALS International Exchange Program: Selection Criteria
We take great pride in our students selected to attend a CALS Exchange Program. The criteria for selection are based on a combination of 1) grades and academic preparation and 2) personal suitability as assessed by interview with exchange coordinator, personal essay, and academic references. While grades (especially for some partner universities) are a major factor, they are not the sole criterion for selection. Students who are concerned about their academic performance have the opportunity to improve their application by taking extra care with their essay and other application components.
Applicants must have no pending disciplinary action against them. Any past or current disciplinary actions must be disclosed during the application process and may be grounds for barring participation by CALS and/or the host institution. Students may not participate in semester exchange while on disciplinary or academic probation. Students may apply while on probation, but any conditional approval is contingent upon removal from probation before participation.
Successful applicants must:
Step One: Meet with Exchange Coordinator
Demonstrate good interpersonal skills, the ability to study in an overseas environment, and enthusiasm to be an ambassador of Cornell University and CALS
Be a current full-time CALS student (except for EPFL, which is also open to ENG students) with at least two full-time semesters of study before commencing exchange period
Meet minimum requirements of host university (GPA, foreign language ability, prerequisites, study focus, etc.)
Apply by CALS application deadlines
Step Two: Application
The Exchange Coordinator meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. During this time she will pre-screen you for eligibility and answer any questions you might have
Step Three: Nomination
Apply for the CALS Exchange Program using our new online system (hosted by CU Abroad’s website)
Get your proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor
Complete the host/partner institution’s application (we will provide to you--and submit for you--unless it’s submitted online)
Apply for housing at partner institution or host location (unless you have to wait for your acceptance letter)
Step Four: Apply for student visa/residence permit
Our office nominates you to our exchange partner and will advise you when you’ve been accepted to the program
Step Five: Attend Pre-Departure Meeting(s)
Once you receive your official acceptance letter from the partner institution you will be able to apply for your visa. You will need a student visa/residence permit for just about any host country in which we have partnerships. It is important that you know what is needed for your visa—don’t worry; we will walk you through this process! (We even host visa sessions for students going to countries where the visa application process isn’t so intuitive!)Foreign University Application (if not paper/PDF application, include a printout of online application)
You’ll start making your travel plans now too!
All students must attend the CALS Exchange pre-departure session
It’s also a good networking opportunity to connect you with other students who are going abroad—before you go!
While you’re abroad and upon return
Interested in sharing events from your life abroad, as they happen? We have a student blog program just for you!
After you return you can volunteer to be a buddy to a visiting student (we also throw you a welcome back party!)
CALS International Exchange Application Checklist
Form A: CALS Exchange Online Application Search for program at cuabroad.cornell.edu (even though it’s a Cornell Abroad website, you’ll still be going through the Exchange)
Form B: Proposed Course of Study (must be signed by you and your faculty advisor)
Form C: CALS Student Exchange Program Medical and Accident Form
Form D: CALS Student Exchange Program Participation Agreement/Release Form
Form E: Authority for release of information to the Office of the Judicial Administrator
Recommendation Forms x 2 Submit two recommendations (via the online application website). One form must be completed by your faculty advisor, and the other by a non-family member or friend, of your choice. For example: another Cornell instructor, Graduate TA, or employer.
Statement of Purpose Write a one page essay describing why you want to participate in the CALS Exchange Program and attach it to your CALS application. Include personal characteristics, contributions you can make, personal benefits you anticipate, how you adapt to new situations or uncertainty, and how the program will fit into your curriculum and career plans. Also include reasons why you feel particularly qualified to represent Cornell and the United States on a CALS exchange program.
Paper Copy of Transcript (do not use digital service—we cannot print these copies for our partner universities) Request an official Cornell transcript (University Registrar, B7 Day Hall, or online at http://transcript.cornell.edu) and transcripts from any other university you may have attended before transferring to Cornell. Transcripts can be sent directly to Christine Potter, 140 Roberts Hall.
Copy of Current Passport (should be valid for 6 months past anticipated return date)