Important message for Summer 2022 students
Summer Session 2022 classes will be held either in person or online. Check your class’s instruction mode on the summer roster to determine whether it will be taught in person or remotely.
You may not come to campus before submitting proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
It is also highly recommended that you receive a COVID-19 booster as soon as you're eligible.
In addition, you must complete a PCR or Antigen test prior to arriving on campus.
Students attending classes fully remotely do not need to submit proof of vaccination. (Attending fully remotely means you may not come to campus for any reason.)
Visit part-time study and COVID-19 now for complete instructions.
How to register
1. Review language requirements
All Cornell students must have a strong command of the English language to be successful in their engagement in their university studies.
Do I need to submit test scores?
You do NOT need to submit scores if
- You have studied full-time at a school or university that uses English as its official language of instruction
- All classes are taught in English
You DO need to submit scores if
- Your current school or university does not use English as its official language of instruction
- All classes are not taught in English
In this case, you must have the following minimum scores to apply for Part-time Study:
- 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
- 5.5 and above on the iTEP
- 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic (While IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19, we will accept your IELTS Indicator score.)
- 120 and above on the Duolingo English Test
- 70 and above on the PTE Academic
- 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale
- 650 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing portion of the SAT test
The assessments and examinations that meet this requirement include the following:
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
- iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency)
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
- IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
- Duolingo English Test
- PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
- C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency)
- The SAT
- Initial View (IV) Assessment
- Vericant Assessment
What if my scores don't meet the requirements?
If your scores don't meet the requirements above, you may want to take the English for International Students and Scholars program before beginning your other studies. (Available in summer only.)
2. Review visa requirements
Most international students in on-campus courses will need an F-1 student visa to study at Cornell. You cannot study at the university on a tourist visa.
The F-1 student visa requires that students studying in the United States be fluent in written and spoken English. This proficiency is also critical to your success at Cornell.
In addition, you must be enrolled for the duration of your program in
- At least three credits for a three-week session
- At least six credits for a six- or eight-week session
- At least 12 credits for a 15-week semester
Obtaining the F-1 visa may take a number of weeks. Therefore, we ask you to submit your I-20 Request Form (see step 6a) at least six weeks before the start of your session.
3. Review deadlines
See the academic calendar for your session for term dates and enrollment and registration deadlines:
4. Select your course(s)
If you haven’t done so already, find your course and note your course number and title, which you will need to complete step 5.
- Summer Session courses
- Winter Session courses
- Fall 2022 courses
- Spring 2022 courses
When selecting Fall/Spring courses, please note:
- Courses marked with a red square are full and not available for enrollment.
- Some courses may include additional required components such as labs and discussions. You will need to indicate your choice of required additional components when you submit your enrollment request.
5. Register online
The SCE Registrar’s office will process completed enrollments in the order in which they are received.
Contact us if you have any questions about this process.
A: For Fall/Spring students, request course approval
You must obtain permission from your instructor, department, or college registrar to join a Fall/Spring course. Note: This approval does not guarantee a spot in the class if it fills.
To determine from whom you need permission, see the list of required approvals by college.
Here is a sample of the email you should send:
Per instructions for International Students wishing to enroll in Fall or Spring courses, I am requesting your permission to take the following class(es):
- AEM 1200 Introduction to Business Management, 3 credits, February 8-May 25, 2021
If you approve, please reply to this email at your earliest convenience with your okay. I will then forward your response to the registrar at the School of Continuing Education to complete my enrollment.
Please forward your permission email(s) to the SCE registrar at email@example.com.
In addition, to enroll in fall/spring courses, you must register at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the session for which you are enrolling and submit the following by email to the SCE registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A statement outlining your specific reasons for wanting to study at Cornell for a semester, including how this study will help you achieve your academic goals
- All of your college and university transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation from professors who know you well
- Your English language test scores
The SCE Dean will review your materials and our office will send you an email notifying you of whether or not you have permission to register. If permission is granted, proceed to Step 5B.
You might also be required to meet with a Cornell SCE dean.
B. For all students, register now
This form will submit your registration to the SCE Registrar’s Office.
6. Complete enrollment requirements
A. Submit an I-20 request and related materials
If you are coming to campus for in-person study, you must submit a request for an I-20.
After receiving your request, the SCE registrar staff will provide a link for you to send the following documents:
- An I-20 request form
- Financial verification:
- Personal funds: You must provide a current statement from a bank guaranteeing that you have sufficient funding to cover your tuition and living expenses while studying at Cornell.
- Sponsorship: If receiving funding from a sponsorship or scholarship, you must provide a letter certifying your funding and the total amount given.
- The total in U.S. dollars for sufficient funding must equal the course fee of $1,620 per credit, plus $500 per week estimated living expenses, plus funds to cover either the Cornell student health fee or heath plan (between approximately $210 and $3,500, depending on coverage.
- A clear copy of the biographical data page of your passport.
- Documentation showing that you've met the TOEFL or IELTS test score requirements (see step 1).
- A $75 I-20 processing fee will be collected when you submit the request form and corresponding documents.
- If you have received your I-20 form and have questions regarding your F-1 student visa application or other immigration matters, contact the Office of Global Learning International Services.
- If you have not received your I-20 form as expected, contact our office.
B. Activate your Cornell NetID
You’ll receive email instructions from IT@Cornell for activating your Cornell NetID and setting up your Cornell NetID email.
C. Complete the COVID-19 Summer Checklist
As soon as you have activated your NetID, you must visit the Checklist page and complete the steps there.
7. Review your enrollment confirmation
If you’ve completed the required steps and there is space in your class(es), you’ll be officially enrolled and the SCE Registrar will send you an email from email@example.com confirming enrollment.
You’ll also receive an email if your approved course or courses are full. Please have one or two back-up courses in mind so that we can help you enroll in your second-choice(s). As a reminder, all students on an F1 visa must maintain full-time student status, which means you must be enrolled in at least 12 credits for the duration of the Fall semester.
Upon receiving an enrollment confirmation, please visit the Student Center to verify that you are enrolled in the correct class(es) and that the correct grading basis is reflected.
For most classes, you can purchase your required course textbooks and materials through the Cornell Store.
8. Pay your tuition and fees
Tuition and fees are due within two business days of your enrollment confirmation. (Your payment deadline will be included in your confirmation email.)
In addition to the payment methods listed on the how to pay page, international students who are visiting Cornell may also pay by credit card (this exception does not apply to full-time Cornell students).
You're responsible for the tuition associated with all classes in which you’re enrolled, whether or not you participate in those classes.
If you no longer wish to take a class, follow the steps on the Course Changes page to drop it immediately. If you drop after the refund period has passed (see Dates and Deadlines), you'll be responsible for the total cost of your tuition.
Summer Session students: If you're participating in more than one session, payment must be submitted for all sessions according to the applicable dates for the first session in which you are enrolling.
You'll receive an email if your approved course is full.
International students attending on-campus classes are required to pay either the Student Health Fee or enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan. See the health services page.
9. Complete your onboarding requirements
Before beginning your term, you must complete the steps on the SCE onboarding page.
These requirements include familiarizing yourself with important policies and determining if you need to enroll in Cornell's student health plan.
By submitting an online registration, you are recognizing your responsibility to read, understand, and abide by the rules and procedures outlined on this website, including the image release statement, and the policies under the "Students" heading on the Cornell Policy Office site. You further recognize that you will not be exempted from the requirements of those rules and procedures because of ignorance, negligence, illness, other personal factors, or contradictory advice from any source.
If, after registering, you decide to drop your course, visit the Course Changes page immediately and complete the steps there. If you don't, you will receive a grade of F and may be liable for the tuition and any fees.
When you arrive on campus
- Register for credit courses
- Special registration categories
- International student information
- Students with disabilities