Programs often designed in partnership with the sponsoring organizations are tailored to diverse professional development objectives, time availability and financial resources. Programs range from structured short courses to very flexible and less structured individualized training that provides a faculty mentor, access to university libraries and laboratories, and appropriate off-campus professional visits.
In addition to the resources available at the Ithaca and Geneva campuses, Cornell's extensive formal and informal networks provide trainees access to off-campus agricultural researchers and educators, private and public sector managers, and government officials. Also, overseas workshops and training programs are organized in response to the special requirements of sponsoring institutions.
International activities over the past century have included undergraduate and graduate education, professional exchanges, institutional building, and field based research and extension projects with partner institutions and governments in foreign countries. Scientists from CALS have traveled to Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Mexico, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim to address rural development issues and help solve production problems for staple crops. In-country stakeholders include rural and urban dwellers, farmers, plant breeders, seed savers, pest management specialists, food processors, government policymakers, and university researchers.
The course cost varies depending on the nature of the project. Cornell International Students and Scholars Office has set the minimum funding level for subsistence, ie. food, housing, local transportation and incidentals at $1,200 per person, per month. This does not include the cost of health insurance, travel to and from Ithaca, nor the cost of a professional development short course.