International Student Orientations

PREPARE for Undergraduates

Incoming undergraduate international students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Ithaca four days BEFORE New Student Orientation in order to participate in PREPARE, the international pre-orientation program. This program provides travel-weary students with an early start on their Cornell experience. During these four days, participants will not only obtain resources to meet the challenges of adjusting to college life in the US, they will also have the opportunity to make new friends with students from all over the world.

Graduate & Professional Student Orientation

The ISSO's fall orientation program for international graduate and professional students will take place Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 pm in Statler Hall auditorium (location to be confirmed). Come and meet other new international students, and receive a warm welcome from the staff at the International Students and Scholars office (ISSO). Spouses and partners of students are also encouraged to attend this orientation. There will also be a Welcome Reception and International Student Organization Fair following the orientation. Enjoy light refreshments, and meet other new students while you browse and learn about the variety of student organizations and activities at Cornell.

Additional International Student Orientations

On Monday August 20, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 pm in Warren Hall room B25 (to be confirmed), the ISSO will offer a general orientation session for new international students who were unable to attend the PREPARE pre-orientation program for undergrads, or the International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation.

New students beginning their program in the Spring 2018 semester are invited to join the orientation for international students on Thursday afternoon, January 18 from 2:00-4:30 pm, Warren Hall in room B25 auditorium.

The staff from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) look forward to meeting you, and assisting with your transition to life at Cornell. Come and meet other new international students and student volunteers, and get essential immigration and legal information, guidelines on health and safety, and tips for academic success.