Who's eligible?

EISS is open to anyone

  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Who has a basic knowledge of English and
  • Who has graduated from secondary school or its equivalent

Admission to EISS is not the same as admission to Cornell's undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. (For information about degree programs, visit Cornell University Admissions.)

You are placed in the appropriate level of instruction, based on the results of an English language test given during the program orientation.

Program cost

The full program charge for 2019, due at the time of registration, is $5,005. In addition, students are responsible for health coverage.

What's included in the cost?

The program fee includes morning instruction and optional afternoon classes and select activities. Students are responsible for health coverage and their own housing, dining, and living expenses.

(If you are enrolling in a fall program with the Johnson School, please contact the Professional Studies office before submitting your program fee.)

EISS follows the policy for special programs tuition refund. See the Summer Session refund policy.

How much should I budget for living expenses?

Participants should plan to spend an estimated $2,700 ($450 per week for six weeks) on living expenses, which include the cost of housing, meals, books and supplies, program trips, and personal expenses such as laundry, recreation, and incidentals.

Health coverage requirement

To ensure that students have access to health services, Cornell requires everyone either to

  • Enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (mandatory for international students)

— OR —

  • Pay the student health fee ($106 in the summer) and hold alternative health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements

Determine if I need to enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan