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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

Tropical Field Ornithology in the Dominican Republic

January 8-22, 2016


This course is appropriate for all students who have a strong interest in birds and field biology. Enrollment is limited to 14 students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you are interested in this course, please e-mail André Dhondt with any questions before enrolling. There is a nonrefundable enrollment fee, so make sure you are able to go before signing up. That said, early enrollment is strongly encouraged, as travel costs are generally much cheaper with early booking. Flights to Punta Cana fill up rapidly, especially in January.

Once you have been accepted into the program, please bring or send a completed course enrollment form with your initial deposit to the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, B20 Day Hall.

Refund Policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the Special Programs office in writing. Your refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the program that you withdraw.

Refund schedule

  • January 2-4: Course withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • January 5-6: Course withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • January 7: Course withdrawal period with a 0 percent refund

If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download the petition form, complete it, and submit it to B20 Day Hall. The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.