In keeping with Cornell's mission, the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) offers diverse opportunities for students of all ages to study abroad as well as for international students to come to Cornell.

Below is a summary of our recent projects.

To learn more about SCE's study opportunities, see

You can also find a wealth of information about internationalization on Cornell's International Affairs site.

SCE international initiatives


SCE offers many opportunities to partner with faculty, units, departments, colleges, and others at the university and beyond in support of study-abroad options as well as initiatives that bring international students to campus.

SCE has developed extensive experience in this area over its long history, can offer flexible programming options, and has established connections across campus, the U.S., and the world.

In addition, the School's Summer and Winter Sessions are optimal times for students to engage in international study and/or fieldwork and for faculty to test and develop international projects.

Recently, SCE has offered credit and non-credit programs in Italy, Spain, France, England, Egypt, Tanzania, Iceland, Japan, Chile, Argentina, Morocco, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and other exciting destinations.

About 40 percent of the students who attend Cornell University Precollege Studies are international students. And more than 400 students from China routinely take summer classes at Cornell through Precollege Studies and the Cornell Program for International Undergraduates.

SCE also collaborates with Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar to provide academic support for the pre-medical program and administers the Mingtian Fund for Haiti's Tomorrow, which enables one or two Haitian students each year to conduct summer research at Cornell to aid in Haiti's recovery.

Bringing Cornell to the world

SCE's study-abroad options include:

  • Cornell's Adult University, which offers study tours around the world designed and led by Cornell faculty, including past CU presidents.

    Recent programs have been held in India, Tanzania, Belgium, Israel and the Palestinian Territory, Chile, Austria, Italy, Sicily, and Galapagos. Among the distinguished Cornellians who have led CAU study tours are Glenn Altschuler, Porus Olpadwala, Stephanie Wiles, Cole Gilbert, Linda Rayor, Ross Brann, Valerie Bunce, Michael Fontaine, David Toews, Gretchen Ritter, and Ray Jayawardhana. These "classes in place" have been featured in publications from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Travel + Leisure.

  • Study-abroad programs during Cornell University Summer Session.
    Recent and upcoming programs include
    • Imagining Rome: Art Studio and Creative Writing Workshop in Italy
    • Cornell Summer Program in Madrid
    • Cornell Summer Program in Turin

    We also offer a number of foreign language courses each summer.

  • Study-abroad programs during Cornell University Winter Session.
    Recent programs include
    • Cuba Vista
    • Experiential Writing in the Yucatan: Environmental and Cultural Communication

Bringing the world to Cornell

SCE's on-campus options for international students include:

  • The long-standing program English for International Students and Scholars (EISS), offered in the fall, spring, and summer each year.
  • The Cornell Program for International Undergraduates, which has partnerships with Beijing Normal University, Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, East China University of Science and Technology, Renmin University, Shandong University, Shanghai University, Xiamen University, Nanjing University of Finance, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Wuhan University, Zhongnan University of Economic and Law, and others.
  • Cornell University Precollege Summer Program, which brings as many as 1,500 students from more than 40 countries to campus each summer. In particular, two of its programs are especially suitable for international students: the College Success program and the English Immersion program. The international nature of Summer College is one of the most frequently praised aspects of this program.
  • International students also enroll in our Summer Session and Winter Session classes (on campus, off campus, and online), fall/spring part-time study, and Cornell in Washington.
  • International students also participate in Professional Studies offerings including the Administrative Management Institute, Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience, and the Policy Development Program.

For more information

For more information about any of these efforts, or to partner with SCE in future endeavors, contact Charles W. Jermy, Jr., Interim Dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

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