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Visiting International Students: While You're at Cornell

How will I get money in the U.S., and where can I do banking?

Upon arrival in the U.S., it is good to have at least USD $100 in U.S. money to avoid difficulties in currency exchange. Currency exchange offices are located only at large airports—not at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH). Near the campus are several banks where you can deposit checks and establish accounts. You can also wire money ahead of time from home. The bank will hold these funds for three days.

Can I join a student organization while at Cornell?

​​​​​​​Yes! All visiting and exchange students who pay the student activity fee are able to take part in clubs on campus. A full list of organizations on campus can be found online.

How do I get a transcript?

​​​​​​Students are responsible for ordering their own transcripts. If you have a NetID and password you can place your order by visiting Student Center or Student Essentials. Detailed directions for ordering your transcript can be found on the Registrar’s website.

When does the Cornell semester end?

​​​​​The Cornell academic calendar can be found online here.

How does the final exam schedule work at Cornell?

​​​​​​​After the last week of classes, there is a four-day study period followed by final examinations. The University Registrar assigns a specific day and time for each course’s final exam or final project due date. The designated final exam days and times are scheduled to minimize conflicts and spread students’ workloads as evenly as possible over the exam period. Most students will have no more than two examinations per twenty-four hours.

How many courses can I request for a semester at Cornell?

​​​​​​​A minimum of 12 credits (not including physical education) is required by all students to maintain a full-time schedule. 15-16 credits per semester is the average course load. Please note that course selections made on your application cannot be guaranteed.

How do I read the Cornell course and time roster?


Below is an example of a listing in the course roster. The following tips should help you to fully understand the class roster and identify the important information listed.

How can I find information about course offerings at Cornell?

​​​​​​​Students may view complete course offerings in the Courses of Study catalog, available online. Please note that some courses are not offered every semester, and courses are always subject to change. Also online is the Course Day and Time Roster for each semester, which contains the most current course day, time, and location information.

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