Winter 2023 classes will be held online.

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.

The School of Continuing Education follows the language proficiency requirements set forth by the Undergraduate Admissions office. Please review those guidelines.

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.

Also, review prerequisites, credit limits, and instructions for selecting courses.

Choose from

  • 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

After registration opens for the term (see Dates and Deadlines), 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):

  • BIOEE 1781 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity, 4 credits, August 22-December 17, 2022.

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

B. For all students, register now

Register online

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 registration 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 $1,680 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.
  • If you're already attending a school in the U.S. or will be in the next term, a new I-20 may not be required. To check, please contact our office at and include information about your current status.

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. Review COVID requirements and complete the checklist

As soon as you have activated your NetID, you must review COVID information for students, masking updates, and COVID etiquette, as well as 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 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 or Spring 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.)

See tuition, how to pay. and payment deadlines.

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.

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.

Course changes

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 will be liable for the tuition and any fees.

When you arrive on campus

All students

  • Once you arrive at Cornell and are within five days of your Cornell start date, you must complete the Office of Global Learning International Services (IS) online check-in procedure.
  • IS provides many useful services and programs to international students, including a quick guide to life at Cornell.