Welcome, international students!

At Cornell, you'll be part of a multicultural community that includes students from almost every corner of the globe.

In fact, students in the Cornell University Precollege Summer Residential Program come from more than 700 cities and 50 countries around the world!

While attending Cornell, you'll be well supported by our Office of Global Learning.

In addition, on-campus students will find that Ithaca, New York, is a friendly and vibrant small city.

What classes can I take?

On-campus options

If you'd like to study at Cornell during the summer, see our summer course roster. If you're primarily interested in improving your academic English writing, speaking, and listening skills, consider taking Academic Writing (WRIT 1011).

Online options

If you can't make it to campus, consider taking a Cornell course online this summer, fall, winter, or spring.

Do you have test score or visa requirements?

Read about the minimum test scores and visa requirements.


For more information, or if you'd like to be put in touch with a student translator, please contact us.

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Cornell WeChat channel in China

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Benefits of doing precollege studies at Cornell

When you attend this world-renowned university, you can expect to

  • Focus on academics as you study with professors at the top of their fields.
  • Become familiar with the different teaching and learning styles at an Ivy League institution.
  • Dramatically improve your English writing and speaking skills.
  • Earn academic credits that generally can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or another university.
  • Have the opportunity to request recommendation letters from Cornell professors when you apply to college.
  • Participate in fun activities that will introduce you to American culture.
  • Interact and build friendships with students from around the world.
  • Learn more about American universities and how to choose and apply to good schools.