A video by EISS students, 2013
In order to improve your communication skills and learn about U.S. culture, we encourage you to attend events in the university and the Ithaca community.
Optional afternoon classes taught by program instructors may include:
- cultural orientation,
- discussions of contemporary issues,
- a TOEFL preparation class,
- a pronunciation workshop,
- the use of idioms,
- academic and professional presentations,
- academic skills sessions, and
- student-teacher consultations.
As an EISS student you are a part of the Cornell community and receive a Cornell ID card. You may use campus facilities and services (such as the fitness centers, university libraries, sports facilities, Cornell Health, computer labs) and attend concerts, plays, dance presentations, and lectures. There may be a small fee associated with some services.
You may attend the free weekly lecture and concert series sponsored by Summer Sessions. EISS also organizes social events, picnics, and visits to local points of interest within the university and around the Finger Lakes Region. In addition, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) organizes weekend trips to Boston and Niagara Falls, and EISS program participants are welcome to join those trips for an additional fee.
You may arrange to meet with a native speaker of English as a conversation partner through the Language Pairing Program in the Public Service Center.
You are also eligible to use the Language Resource Center with its up-to-date computers and technical language learning facilities independently or in conjunction with assigned coursework.
For information about things to do and see in the area, see our Visiting page.