First things first
Pay program charge
See the Tuition and fees page for information about program charge amounts, deadlines, and payment methods.
Complete I-20 Request Form
As an international student, you must obtain an F-1 student visa to attend CPIU. We begin generating I-20s in mid-March and after we receive full payment, the completed I-20 Request Form (fillable PDF) and all required documents. Because of the work involved in processing this information, it can take up to four weeks between the time you submit your payment and you receive your I-20 form. Please be patient.
Activate NetID and Cornell email address
(as soon as you receive your NetID)
Instructions on how to activate your NetID will be sent only to you (the student) via email from Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) starting in late March or early April and two weeks after your program charge is fully paid. Be sure to follow the steps included in the message.
Your Cornell NetID is your key to secure online services at Cornell. You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account immediately upon receipt.
Your NetID must be activated before you can submit a picture for your Cornell ID Card. (See below.)
Familiarize yourself with bursar accounts
For your information, Cornell will create a "bursar account" for CPIU students who may incur charges from Cornell departments such as Cornell Health, the libraries, and Cornell Information Technologies (CIT). If you incur these charges, you will receive a bursar bill. Bursar bills are ONLY sent electronically. Bursar accounts will also be used for any additional residential charges such as early arrival/late departure costs or billing for damages to residence hall rooms or common areas. Students with room damage will get an additional email with information on the damage and instructions on how to appeal. Appeals are due by September 27, 2019.
Notifications of bursar charges are sent to your Cornell email address. The email will contain a link to the University Bursar's office through which you can obtain instructions about how to view and pay these charges through the university's general Flywire account.
Note: If full payment is not received by the due date, a late-payment penalty (finance charge) of 1.25 percent of the past-due amount will be assessed. Unpaid accounts are forwarded to Cornell's Collections Office ninety days after their due date. Call 607.255.2336 or email email@example.com if you have questions regarding a bursar bill.
Review Cornell's Guide to Academic Integrity
Review The Essential Guide to Academic Integrity at Cornell and the complete policy with your student.
Forms to fill out
We have sent you an email with instructions about how to use our online Student Services system, including where you can check the status of your forms.
Note: If you wait until Opening Day to submit any required forms, you will be delayed during check-in.
Standards of Conduct: To be completed by the student
Submit as soon as possible, and no later than June 7 (NetID required)
Access form: Code of Conduct Form
Cornell ID Card Request Form
Submit as soon as possible, and no later than May 24 (NetID required)
You are required to submit a photo online for your Student ID Card. Your ID card can be used as an electronic door key and to access a variety of facilities on campus, including, dining, laundry, fitness centers, and libraries.
Access form: Cornell ID Card Request Form
Health History and Immunization Compliance
Submit as soon as possible, and no later than May 13 (NetID required)
Completing this form can take several weeks, so you should review the instructions as soon as possible. Note that the form must include documentation that you received all required immunizations. (Immunizations are not required for three-week students.)
For all questions regarding the Health History Form, contact Cornell Health directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.255.4364.
Access form: Health History Form
After you arrive
Please plan to do the following within three days of arriving at Cornell
- Complete the online International Services check-in procedure. For this you will need your I-94 card and your I-20 or DS-2019.
- Attend the CPIU orientation.
- Obtain your Cornell ID card. (This will be in your room packet.)
- Schedule an appointment at Cornell Health, 110 Ho Plaza, for your TB test and any required immunizations. (Immunizations are not required for three-week students.)
- Buy your textbooks at the Cornell Store. (You may also buy your textbooks through Amazon or other online sellers.)
- Pay lab fees, if applicable, in the Bursar's Office (260 Day Hall) or at the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (B20 Day Hall).