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Why Should I Study Abroad at Cornell?
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Boundless Opportunities

For 150 years any person—regardless of race, social circumstance, gender, or religion—has been able to follow any course of study here at Cornell University. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring great value to education, discovery, creativity and engagement.

Cornell offers you access to course offerings across hundreds of disciplines. You also can choose to pursue a research internship, helping to contextualize what you're learning at your home institution.

Wherever you are from and whatever you choose to study, we'll give you opportunities and the space to interact with a multicultural and adventurous campus full of Cornellians looking to effect change in the world and in themselves.

What Can I Study?
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The Choices Are Limitless

Visiting international students are accepted in each of our colleges and schools.

There are many subjects you can study at Cornell—80 formal major fields and 90 minors, over 100 graduate fields of study, 4,000 courses offered by 100 academic departments, and several interdisciplinary majors that cross traditional departmental boundaries.

You'll interact closely with world-class faculty and a diverse student body. You will challenge yourself.

A Cornell education is rigorous—every aspect is geared to prepare you to improve the world.

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Why should I study at Cornell?

​​​​​Cornell offers you access to course offerings across hundreds of disciplines. You can also pursue a research internship, helping to contextualize what you’re learning at your home institution. Learn more about why you should consider studying at Cornell on the Why Study Abroad page.

Where is Cornell located?

​​​​​​Cornell is in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, at the tip of Cayuga Lake. Note that Ithaca is in New York State, not New York City! In fact, Cornell is about five hours away from NYC! Ithaca is home to 30,000 residents and another 30,000 students at Cornell and Ithaca College.

What is a visiting student?

​​​​​​A visiting student is someone who wants to take classes at Cornell while enrolled at another institution. You are also a visiting student if you recently graduated with your bachelor’s degree and are taking additional classes to prepare for graduate study or your career.

Will I Like Ithaca?
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Something for Everyone

While Ithaca has a comfortable, small-town feel, it also offers many social and cultural opportunities, indoors and out.

It is a college town, with both Cornell University and Ithaca College, and students are a large part of the population. There is so much to do: music and theater, shops, restaurants, farmer markets, community festivals.

Nature is a big part of life in Ithaca. The city sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, one of New York State's Finger Lakes, where you can swim or go boating. You can walk along one of the many gorges carved long ago by glaciers. Or hike, mountain bike, ski, and explore in our many public parks and forests.

We welcome you and want you to feel at home here, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life on campus and in Ithaca. From housing assistance to cultural events, we want to make sure you have the most authentic Cornell experience possible.

Life at Cornell
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Welcome to Cornell University!

Cornell values the contributions of more than 5,000 gifted, accomplished, and motivated international students—like you—from 115 countries, who are studying on our Ithaca, New York campus.

Our campus community wants you to feel welcome and supported during your time here.

Financial Information
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What Will My Expenses Be?

Visiting international students at Cornell pay differing tuition and fees, depending on the specific nature of their program: Exchange (between Cornell and your home university), Visiting (generally semester-based), Provost’s International Research Internship, or J-1 Student Intern.

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