Who's eligible?

EISS is open to anyone

  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Who has at least an intermediate knowledge of academic and/or professional English

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.)

Program cost

The full program charge for 2023, due at the time of registration, is $2,270 per session. The charge for taking both sessions is $3,635.

What's included in the cost?

The program fee includes core instruction, networking, workshops, intensive language instruction, and cultural orientation.

Tuition-refund schedule

To withdraw, you must notify the SCE registrar’s office in writing.

Your refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of your course that you withdrew. (It is not based on the day on which you enrolled.) For example: If your course begins on June 20, days 1-3 on the refund schedule below would be June 20, 21, and 22.

Refund schedule (based on course start date)
  • Days 1–3: Withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: Withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • Day 6: Withdrawal period with no refund