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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.

Experiential Writing in the Yucatan: Environmental and Cultural Communication

January 4–14, 2019


Eligibility: Juniors and seniors who have taken at least one Cornell writing course are eligible. An application is required. For information about applying, please contact Lauren Chambliss at or 607.255.7344.

Applications are due October 1, 2018.

Note: Students must have a valid passport. Non-U.S. or Canadian students must check visa requirements for Mexico.

Students will be notified of acceptance on October 25.


Once accepted into the program, you must complete the course enrollment form and submit it with a check for the nonrefundable deposit of $700 (see program fee below) to B20 Day Hall by November 1.

International Travel Registry

All students are required to enroll in the Cornell Travel Registry. Your enrollment in the program will not be considered complete until this step has been taken. See the Global Cornell website for important travel information.


Tuition for this three-credit course is $4,380 ($1,460/credit).

Tuition scholarships for summer and winter session courses are available through the Learning Strategies Center (607.255.6310).

Travel grants of up to $1000 are also available for those with need from the Off-Campus Opportunity Fund.

Financial aid (in the form of loans) is available, but this is separate from any aid you might receive during fall and spring semesters. Therefore, you have to apply for aid.

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions offers one $550 scholarship to an eligible student to help offset tuition and program fees. For more information and to apply, please contact

Deadline for tuition is November 30, 2018.

Program fee

A nonrefundable program fee of $700 includes shared room, breakfast, lunch, one group dinner, and two field trips. Dinner is available in town, a short walk away, or students can prepare food in the shared kitchen at the hotel. Students should bring extra money for dinners, groceries, and gifts.

Refund policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the SCE registrar's 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 (based on program start date):

  • Days 1–3: Withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: Withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • Day 6: Withdrawal period with a 0 percent refund

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