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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

International initiatives

In keeping with Cornell's mission, SCE offers diverse opportunities for students of all ages to study abroad as well as for international students to come to Cornell.

Below is a summary of our recent projects.

To learn more about SCE's study opportunities, please see

You can also find a wealth of information about internationalization at Global Cornell.

SCE international initiatives


SCE offers many opportunities to partner with faculty, units, departments, colleges, and others at the university and beyond in support of study-abroad options as well as initiatives that bring international students to campus.

SCE has developed extensive experience in this area over its long history, can offer flexible programming options, and has established connections across campus, the U.S., and the world.

In addition, the School's Winter and Summer Sessions have proved to be optimal times for students to engage in international study and/or fieldwork, and for faculty to test and develop international projects.

Since 2015, SCE has offered credit and non-credit programs in Italy, Spain, France, England, Tanzania, Japan, Chile, Argentina, Morocco, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

About 40 percent of the students who attended Cornell University Summer College in 2017 were international students. (See our interactive map.) In 2017, 426 students from China took summer classes at Cornell through Summer College, and another 90 through the Cornell–China Undergraduate Summer Program.

In addition, SCE collaborates with Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar to provide academic support for the pre-medical program and administers the Mingtian Fund for Haiti's Tomorrow, which enables one or two Haitian students each year to conduct summer research at Cornell to aid in Haiti's recovery.

Currently, SCE is exploring the possibility of offering online English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), college preparatory, and related courses for international markets as well as working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in China to develop programs for their new school site.

"Bringing Cornell to the World"

SCE's study-abroad options include:

  • Cornell's Adult University, which offers study tours around the world designed and led by Cornell faculty, including past CU presidents. Upcoming programs will be held in South Africa; India; Belgium; Israel and the Palestinian Territory; Austria and Hungary; Italy, Sicily, and Malta; Tanzania; and Galapagos and the Andean Highlands. Among the distinguished Cornellians who lead CAU study tours are Glenn Altschuler, Porus Olpadwala, Stephanie Wiles, Cole Gilbert, Linda Rayor, Ross Brann, Valerie Bunce, Michael Fontaine, David Toews, and Gretchen Ritter. These "classes in place" have been featured in publications from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Travel + Leisure.
  • Study-abroad programs during Cornell University Summer Session.
    Recent and upcoming programs include
    • Imagining Rome: Art Studio and Creative Writing Workshop in Italy
    • Cornell Summer Program in Madrid
    • Cornell Summer Program in Turin
    • Global Health in Tanzania

    We also offer a number of foreign language courses each summer.

    Study-abroad programs during Cornell University Winter Session.
    Recent programs include

    • Global Capitalism in One Community (Jamaica)
    • Performing Angkor: Dance, Silk, and Stone (Cambodia)
    • Tropical Field Entomology in Costa Rica
    • Tropical Field Ornithology in the Dominican Republic

    "Bringing the World to Cornell"

    SCE's on-campus options for international students include:

    • The long-standing program English for International Students and Scholars (EISS), offered in the fall, spring, and summer each year.
    • The Cornell-China Undergraduate Summer Program (CCUSP), which has partnerships with Beijing Normal University, Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, East China University of Science and Technology, Renmin University, Shandong University, Shanghai University, Xiamen University, Nanjing University of Finance, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Wuhan University, Zhongnan University of Economic and Law, and others.
    • Cornell University Summer College, which brings as many as 1,500 students from more than 40 countries to campus each summer. In particular, two of its programs are especially suitable for international students: the College Success program and the English Immersion program. The international nature of Summer College is one of the most frequently praised aspects of this program.
    • International students also enroll in our Summer Session and Winter Session classes (on campus, off campus, and online), fall/spring part-time study, and Cornell in Washington.
    • International students also participate in Professional Studies offerings including the Administrative Management Institute; Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience; Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law; Policy Development Program; and the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Health Studies.

    For more information about programs and partnerships

    For more information about any of these efforts, or to partner with SCE in future endeavors, please contact Charles W. Jermy, Jr., Senior Associate Dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.