As an EISS student you are a part of the Cornell community and receive a Cornell ID card. You may use campus facilities and services (such as the fitness centers, university libraries, sports facilities, Cornell Health, computer labs) and attend concerts, plays, performances, and lectures. There may be a small fee associated with some services.

To improve your communication skills and learn about U.S. culture, you're invited to attend events at the university and in the Ithaca community, such as the free weekly lecture and concert series sponsored by Summer Sessions. EISS also organizes social events, picnics, and visits to local points of interest within the university and around the Finger Lakes Region.

In addition, the Office of Global Learning organizes weekend trips to Boston and Niagara Falls, and EISS program participants are welcome to join those trips for an additional fee.

For information about things to do and see in the area, see our Visiting page.

Language resources

You may join the Cornell Public Service Center's Language Expansion Program, which holds weekly Language Corner events to help language learners practice their foreign language conversational skills.

“It’s all about building skills to boost confidence in your capacity to negotiate and to express yourself. And that’s the thing that students all say they improve in most: confidence.”

Mary K. Redmond, EISS director

You are also eligible to use the Language Resource Center—with its up-to-date computers and technical language learning facilities—independently or in conjunction with assigned coursework.

Another campus resource, the English Language Support Office (ELSO), in 260 Caldwell Hall, offers writing and speaking support to international graduate and professional students. ELSO strives to meet the needs of students in diverse programs, from diverse linguistic backgrounds, and at diverse points in their graduate careers.