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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

About CAU

Cornell's Adult University (CAU) offers inspiring summer programs on the Cornell campus and unforgettable travel adventures to spectacular destinations around the world, all designed and led by top-notch Cornell faculty.

These exciting, Ivy League education vacations are open to everyone, including Cornell alumni, families, and children.

Join us and discover why CAU has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Travel + Leisure and earned rave reviews from participants.


“I expected an utterly superb experience, and I got it! The professional expertise, the unbridled enthusiasm of the teachers, the artful crafting of the family experience—all are fine examples of the best that is Cornell.” Jerry Freilich '79

Summer CAU – Bringing the World to Cornell

CAU's weeklong summer programs have been bringing vacationers to the Cornell campus for nearly fifty years.

For four weeks every summer, adult participants explore fascinating subjects ranging from cooking and gardening to art, politics, and world affairs with Cornell experts and in the company of bright and congenial peers—including such notables as travel guru Arthur Frommer, who called his experience "exhilarating!"

Approximately 150 adults enroll in CAU each week: about three-quarters are Cornellians or Cornell spouses, half are here with youngsters, and about one-third are singles.

An equal number of children (ages three to fifteen) participate in CAU's outstanding residential and commuter youth programs, which combine engaging educational activities with all the fun and friendships of a great camp.

Summer CAU offers you an unparalleled way to experience the best of Cornell living and learning, make new friends, and enjoy the fabulous Finger Lakes region at its most beautiful.

Choose your summer vacation


Study Tours – Bringing Cornell to the world

Since 1971, CAU study tours led by Cornell faculty and presidents have crossed the world, touching every continent and ocean.

From start to finish, experienced CAU staffers keep careful watch over program details, logistics, and group needs, leaving you free to enjoy customized services, friendly companions, and insider access to fascinating cultural, historic, and natural sites.

CAU study tours are generally designed for adults, but one or two family-friendly trips are offered every year, often during the winter holidays.

CAU's international adventures allow you to delve deeply into the culture and history of the places you'll visit. It's hard to beat such first-hand experiences, especially under the guidance of passionate and knowledgeable Cornell faculty members.

Choose your travel adventure