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International students

来自中国的学生 Students from China

中国语文 Chinese translation

Welcome! We invite talented Chinese students to join us at Cornell University Summer College and enjoy the opportunity to live and learn at one of the world's greatest universities, take Cornell classes, earn college credit, meet renowned faculty, and experience life in the United States.

You can read more below about the Summer College experience for Chinese students. If you have questions, please contact us at cusc_china@cornell.edu.

Benefits of attending Summer College

As a student from China you will:

Focus on academics

A feature that distinguishes Summer College from other U.S. college programs is that we primarily focus on academics. While we do arrange a wide variety of fun activities for you to enjoy in your spare time, our main goal is to give you an exciting intellectual experience that will help you achieve your dreams.

Study with world-renowned professors at the top of their fields

Summer College offers high school students the rare opportunity to work closely with some of Cornell's most acclaimed professors. Under the guidance of these exceptional teachers, you'll develop skills essential for success at an American college and have the chance to talk with them about your academic goals and career aspirations.

Become familiar with the different teaching and learning styles at an Ivy League institution

At Summer College you can explore different ways of learning while you participate in class discussions with other Cornell students and enjoy the open teaching style of one of the world's greatest universities. Every Cornell professor has a unique style, but all share the same high standards.

Dramatically improve your English writing and speaking

Cornell's English classes are designed to help you develop your English writing and speaking skills. Faculty members divide students into small groups so that every student gets lots of one-on-one help. We have seven years' of excellent reviews from Chinese students, and all our teachers have many years' experience teaching English.

Choose classes from a broad range of subjects

Cornell University is famous for the diversity of its course offerings, so you will have many choices when selecting classes. Summer College classes are selected from the best and most popular Cornell courses.

Earn academic credit for your courses

Summer College students can earn college credit for their academic classes. Typically, these Cornell credits can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or transferred to other universities within the U.S. and elsewhere.

Request recommendation letters from Cornell professors when you apply to college

If you do well in your class, you may want to ask your professor to write you a recommendation letter when you apply to college. Because Cornell is known around the world as a top university, such letters can be very valuable in the application process.

Participate in fun activities that will introduce you to American culture

Summer College offers many activities that will allow you to experience American society and culture and enjoy the community of Ithaca, New York (a small, rural, and historic city surrounded by lush nature preserves). In addition to trips to Niagara Falls and other scenic spots, we offer free concerts and lectures every week, sports, dances, a talent show, game nights, and much more, so there is always something exciting to do.

Interact and build friendships with students from around the world

Students from China take classes and interact with students from Cornell and all over the world, providing you with great opportunities to practice English, understand different cultures, and forge lasting international friendships.

Learn more about American universities and how to choose and apply to good schools

We offer special admissions sessions just for Chinese students to help guide you through the process of applying to American universities. In addition, you are invited to attend our College Fair in mid-July, where many universities provide information about their courses and majors.

Alumni high schools and colleges

To date, Summer College participants from China have come from:

The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, the Beida Appendant Experimental School, Beijing No. 12 High School, Guangdong Experimental High School, Beijing Foreign Language School (BFSU), the High School Affiliated to East China Normal University, the High School Affiliated to Fudan University, the High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University, the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, the High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, the High School Attached to Tsinghua University, Jiangsu Danyang High School, Nanjing High School of Jiangsu, Nanjing Jinling High School, the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, Shanghai High School International Division, Shenzhen Middle School, Tangshan No. 1 High School, Wuhan Foreign Language School, Cambridge International Centre of Shanghai Normal University, Wuxi Big Bridge Experimental School, Guangzhou Zhixin High School, Wenzhou High School, Shenzhen College of International Education, Zhengzhou No 1 High School, and the Zhengzhou Foreign Language School.

Summer College graduates from China have gone on to attend Cornell and other elite universities outside China including:

Boston College, the College of William and Mary, Imperial College–London, Johns Hopkins University, Nanyang Technological University–Singapore, New York University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rice University, the University of California–Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the University of Melbourne–Australia, the University of Michigan, the University of Rochester, the University of Southern California, the University of Virginia, the University of Washington–Seattle, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Some graduates are attending elite universities in China, such as the Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing University of Technology, Fudan University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan University, Soochow University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Tsinghua University, Hong Kong University, and Wuhan University.

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