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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Welcome guide

A guide for students enrolled in off-campus programs

This page outlines a few general steps to help students prepare for participating in off-campus summer programs.

Details will vary according to your program, so please do not hesitate to contact us or your program director with questions.

1. Submit your payment, if you haven't done so already

Please see your program web page and/or contact the program director for payment details.

For general information about accepted forms of payment, see payment methods.

For information about financial aid, please consult the Cornell Financial Aid Office as early as possible.

2. Review important health and safety information

Review the Summer Session health requirements

Visit the Health and safety page for information about health requirements, deadlines, and late fees.

In addition, your program destination may have specific health requirements, so be sure to check with your program director for details, including information about the availability of health care.

Plan for your safety

If you're traveling internationally for your program, please read the U.S. Department of State's traveler's checklist. If you have questions or concerns about ways to ensure your safety as you travel, please contact Alexis Santí, the coordinator of travel safety in Cornell's Study Abroad office, at

For domestic programs, please consult your program director regarding safety protocols.

3. Activate your NetID

As a Summer Session student you will need to obtain a Cornell Network ID (NetID) to access services including e-mail, your grades, and transcripts.

For more information about how to obtain a NetID if you are not on campus, visit the CIT NetID FAQ.

4. Travel

Participants are responsible for round-trip travel to and from their program sites. In the case of study-abroad programs, please see the program website for information about pre-departure meetings, destination airports, and expected times of arrival and departure.

The Cornell Global Learning office has prepared a advice section for Cornell students studying abroad during the fall or spring semesters. Although much of the information on their site does not apply to Summer/Winter Session students, you may still want to check out the more general sections on money, health and safety, and international travel.

5. Review what to bring


If your program takes place out of the country, you will need a valid passport. To apply for a passport, visit the Office of the Tompkins County Clerk in downtown Ithaca (320 N. Tioga Street) or the U.S. State Department website.


If you're traveling out of the country and plan to take a computer, cell phone, camera, or other electronic device, you will most likely need to take an international voltage converter and/or plug adaptor. Check with your local electronics store.


Options for calling from abroad include international cell phones, international calling cards, local pre-paid calling cards, or using the Internet.


If your program is out of the country, please fill all prescriptions before you leave. Also bring along any specific over-the-counter drugs that you may need as well as your eyeglass and/or contact prescription.

6. Enroll in Cornell's emergency notification system

If you have not yet entered your emergency notification and contact information, please go to Cornell Student Center (login required) and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification.

7. Prepare for classes

Check your course syllabus or contact the Cornell Store for information about required textbooks. The store has new and used textbooks available for purchase or rental at the Cornell Store textbook page.

8. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies

As a registrant you are expected to be familiar with Cornell policies. Please carefully review our policy page, including the Campus Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity, and read the standard of conduct letter from our associate dean.

9. Connect with the Cornell University Library and the IT Service Desk

Members of the Cornell community should be able to use the CU Library's licensed electronic resources from anywhere. You must be able to authenticate yourself as a member of the Cornell community using your NetID and password.

If you plan to use library resources while traveling, you should consider installing software to connect to Cornell via VPN (Virtual Private Network). The VPN adds secure access to Cornell campus networks and is usually not blocked by firewalls.

Contact Information Technology at Cornell for information on e-mail accounts, and more.

10. Take advantage of our academic advising services

Academic advising services are available to all Summer Session students. For assistance, contact our registrar.

11. Contact Student Disability Services if you need an accommodation for equal access

Cornell University is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities (including physical, medical, visual, hearing, learning, ADHD, and psychological disabilities) have equal access to all university programs and activities.

If you are a student with a disability and need an accommodation for equal access, please contact Student Disability Services, Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, New York 14853-3102 (telephone 607.254.4545; Deaf/HoH: via 711 Relay).

If you will be studying abroad, we encourage you to visit the SDS Study Abroad page for important information.

12. If you have additional questions . . .

Please contact us at the Summer Session office, or reach out to your program director, if you have questions about preparing for Summer Session.