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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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English Immersion Program: Academic English for Speakers of Other Languages

Dates: June 23-August 7, 2018 (6 weeks)
Credits: 6-8 credits
Eligibility: current sophomores, juniors, seniors
(see eligibility requirements)


Cornell University Summer College's intensive, six-week English Immersion Program (EIP) is designed to help you dramatically improve your academic English writing, speaking, and listening skills.

In addition to taking two Cornell classes for credit, you'll have the opportunity to experience college life at a great American university, learn from world-renowned faculty members, and build friendships with students from across the United States and around the world.

You'll gain access to Cornell's outstanding resources, including more than 20 libraries and cutting-edge computing services and laboratories, have the chance to participate in cultural activities, and earn college credits and a Cornell transcript. This program is an excellent choice for international students whose first language is not English.

Through your classes, you'll gain academic knowledge, improve your English, and become familiar with the different teaching and learning styles at an Ivy League university. You will be expected to attend all classes and actively participate in classroom discussions.

If you're interested in applying to an American college or university, the grades, credits, and experiences you'll gain through this program can become important factors in your college admissions process. And to help you with your college applications, we offer a college fair, admissions workshops with Cornell’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, one-on-one counseling, and more.

Finally, you'll have access to individual tutoring through the award-winning John S. Knight Institute's walk-in writing service. The Knight Institute is one of the nation's oldest and most comprehensive writing-across-the-curriculum programs. Its excellence was recognized when the Time/Princeton Review chose Cornell as its private research university "College of the Year" on the basis of its teaching students "how to use writing as a way to learn and think."


You'll be enrolled in the three-credit course Academic Writing (WRIT 1011).

This course meets Mondays through Fridays from either 8:30–9:45 a.m. or 10:00–11:15 a.m. Students will be assigned to one of these sections.

In addition, you'll select one course from the more than fifty on this website (see the six-week course list).

When selecting courses, be sure you meet all eligibility requirements and prerequisites and check that there aren't any time conflicts between courses. Also, please keep in mind that your enrollment in courses, grades, and the number of credits they earned will be recorded on an official, permanent Cornell University transcript.

The length of this program will depend upon which additional course you select and the date of your final exams.

Special scheduling


  • Wednesday, July 4: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes.
  • Mondays, July 9 or 16: College Admissions Workshops, 2:30–3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, July 23: College Fair, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Statler Hall Ballroom

Checkout dates and times

Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines.

Student experiences

"At Summer College I gained the experience of studying and socializing in an completely different culture... It was fantastic and wonderful. The best summer I've ever had! Go to Cornell!" — Haishan Yang