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Cornell University

Name of Institution

Cornell University

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Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell Universitycornell_photo_2 is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League.

On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

The College of Engineering offers 14 departments and programs. Discovery stretches across disciplines to find answers to complex and challenging problems in such fields as nanoscience, biomedical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, advanced materials, and information science.
for more information go to http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/


Ithaca is one of the best college towns in the United State. The vibrant community that extends beyond campus will welcome you as soon as you arrive.
Located in central New York at the south end of Cayuga Lake (the largest of the Finger Lakes), Ithaca boasts unsurpassed natural beauty in its gorges, state parks, and waterfront. Head to the Ithaca Commons or to Collegetown and you’ll instantly feel like you’re in a bustling city. Between urban life and alluring countryside, there’s something for everyone to see and do.
Ithaca’s Accolades
Ithaca has been named one of the:
• top 100 places to live
• top 10 recreation cities
• foodiest towns in America
• best green places to live

Academic Offerings

Exchange students may apply to any department within the College of Engineering.  cornell_photo_1Faculty will review student applications for overall academic preparedness. Exchange students should carefully identify desired courses on their application and 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. 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.

Courses Taught in English

All university courses are taught in English, except for foreign language courses.

Student Life

Cornell has many opportunities for students to get involved in the fabric of the University and beyond. Cornell’s motto of “Any Person, Any Study” extends to the variety of clubs, organizations and activities offered for students. Whether students are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the campus radio station or to volunteer, it can be found at Cornell.

International Students

The mission of the International Students and Scholar’s Office (ISSO), is to assist individual international students by advising them concerning federal immigration, tax and labor regulations, and by providing counseling on personal, academic and cultural matters.

Exchange students who study at Cornell during the fall semester have the option of participating in a 5-day orientation for international students called “PREPARE.” Students who plan to study in the spring semester may participate in a one-day orientation in January. Please note that both of these orientation sessions occur before classes officially commence.


We regret that there is a general shortage of on-campus housing at Cornell, and cannot guarantee accommodation. However, all exchange students have been accommodated in the past.

For on campus housing, students submit a housing application online after they are accepted. Students are billed for on-campus housing on their Cornell bursar account.

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.

Expected Monthly Expenditures

Students are responsible for any expenses (excluding Cornell tuition) that are incurred during their stay at Cornell.

All exchange students are responsible for the student activity fee (approximately $114/semester), SEVIS: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee (approximately $200), health insurance ($1,106/semester for 2013-2014), meals, housing, books, printing fees, and course fees for optional courses in physical education or art for example. For 2013-2014, this was estimated to be approximately $9,243 for one semester of study, and does not include any travel within the United States or international travel.

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Tuition is waived for exchange students.

International Office page


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