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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell-UPR Interuniversity Relief Program

To apply

Instructions for UPR undergraduate and professional master’s degree students

To apply, please submit the following materials in English:

  1. A cover letter containing:
    • Your full name
    • Home address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Name and location of your UPR campus
    • Academic major and degree program
    • Expected UPR graduation date

  2. A personal statement (no more than 250 words) outlining your specific reasons for wanting to study at Cornell University for a semester, including how this study will help you achieve your academic goals.

  3. An official current UPR transcript, if available.

    Please submit a transcript through spring/summer 2017. If your official transcript is not available, please submit either an unofficial one or a letter from the UPR registrar/designee attesting to good academic standing.

    Note: If you are a freshman, please submit your official high school transcript and a letter from the UPR registrar/designee attesting to good academic standing at the university.

  4. At least one letter of reference from your faculty advisor or professor commenting on your academic ability and achievement.

    The recommender should e-mail this letter directly to the Cornell SCE registrar at Please include "UPR student" in the subject line.

  5. A list of the UPR courses you were planning to take fall 2017 and spring 2018.

  6. A list of the courses you’d ideally like to take at Cornell this spring.

    When selecting courses, please:

    • review your options on Cornell's spring course roster;
    • confirm that you are eligible to take the course and that you meet the prerequisites;
    • be sure that the course meeting time does not conflict with the times of your other course choices;
    • consider the amount of work involved before choosing two courses that are writing-intensive (such as courses in the Writing and English Departments); and
    • keep in mind that you will need to take at least 12 credits.

    Please contact us if you have questions about selecting courses.

    Note: We cannot guarantee placement in the courses on your list. We will review your selections and inform you of your course options at the time of your acceptance. Additional information or preparation may be requested/required depending upon the courses you select.

  7. If English is not your first language, please also submit relevant test scores, if available, and/or a paragraph addressing your proficiency in English reading, writing, and speaking.

    This proficiency is generally considered equivalent to having taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and received a TOEFL score of at least 100 on the internet-based test or 600 on the paper test, or at least a 7 on the IELTS.

Enrollment is limited and applications will be processed as they are received, so it is to your advantage to submit your materials as soon as possible and no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on December 1, 2017.

Please mail all application materials to:

Cornell University–UPR Program
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801

Materials may also be submitted by
Fax: 607.255.9697
E-mail: Please include “UPR student” in the subject line.

Accepted students

You will be notified of your admissions decision by e-mail no later than December 15, 2017.


Every UPR registrant will be considered a Cornell student and is subject to the general regulations governing student conduct that apply to all other students of the university. All students are responsible for reading and being familiar with the policies outlined on the part-time study policies page.