Incoming undergraduate international students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Ithaca four days before new student orientation in order to participate in Prepare, the international pre-orientation program. This program provides travel-weary students with an early start on their Cornell experience. During these four days, participants will not only obtain resources to meet the challenges of adjusting to college life in the US, they will also have the opportunity to make new friends with students from all over the world.
Learn all about the Prepare program.
These other special orientation programs for all Cornell students may also be of interest to international students:
Pre-Orientation Service Trips (POST) is a 5-day program that begins the Sunday prior to Friday move-in. POST provides the opportunity to build new friendships and college networks through community service projects and fun evening activities.
The Outdoor Odyssey program, a completely student-run program, provides Cornell students with pre-orientation trips that serve as a fun and meaningful transition to life at Cornell. They offer a variety of trips, from backpacking to canoeing to rock climbing to a base camp/day hiking trip and no experience is necessary.
English programs and resources at Cornell
Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
The Knight Insitute supports writing seminars and writing intensive courses in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and at all levels of undergraduate education; it also provides writing classes and tutoring for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Students can schedule appointments with trained tutors online via the Knight Institute website. Students who are interested in multilingual, language support in writing can schedule tutorials and mentorship online. Learn more on the Knight Institute website.
Introduction to Writing in the University and Elements of Academic Writing
These two writing seminars, designed for students who need more focused attention to master the expectations of academic writing, can be helpful for international students. Some sections of these First-Year Writing Seminars are designed for international students and multilingual writers and include special instruction on developing fluency in academic English and navigating new cultures of writing. More information can be found on the Knight Institute page.
Educational systems differ from country to country. If you are new to the U.S., you may be unfamiliar with the educational process here. You may have questions regarding the courses that are offered, the grading mechanisms and papers. It is normal to feel a little lost as you adjust to a different system of education.The following information is designed to help you familiarize yourself with various aspect of academics at Cornell.
Learn about Cornell’s strict code of Academic Integrity including plagiarism and the difference between documentation, citation and reference
International student clubs and activities
There are numerous clubs and organizations at Cornell focused on international students, and international students are also welcome to join any of the other 1,000 student organizations on campus. Here's just a sampling of the international clubs and organizations. Browse the entire list.
ISU: The International Students Union (ISU) aims to promote international awareness in the Cornell community through international events, funding for cultural organizations, and advocacy projects.
The Cornell International Friendship Program (CIFP) is a friendship program that connects international students and scholars with local community members and families.