Quick Guide to Life at Cornell

Now that you are here at Cornell, explore the resources below. Print a pdf of this handout.

  • ISSO Services

    Our office is here to:
    — advise you on federal immigration, tax, and labor regulations
    — provide counseling on personal, academic and cultural matters
    — promote cross-cultural awareness through various programs, workshops and activities
    — provide information and referral services to help you get acquainted with the Cornell and Ithaca community

    We provide walk-in advising services Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. No appointment is necessary! If your case is particularly complicated, we may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment. We are closed Wednesday mornings until 1:00 pm, and no advisors are available daily from 12:00-1:00 pm. We can also be reached by telephone at (607) 255-5243, and by email.

  • International Student Orientation

    We provide orientations for international undergraduates and graduate students.

  • ISSO Programs

    In addition to providing immigration assistance, the ISSO also organizes a series of fun activities, trips, and informational workshops. Fall highlights include a fall break trip to New York City, and day trip to Niagara Falls. Spring highlights include a spring break trip to Washington, DC, and a day trip to the Corning Museum of Glass. Take a look at the schedule of our upcoming programs. We also have a free weekly International Coffee Hour, held each Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Big Red Barn. Spouses and family members are encouraged to participate in all ISSO programs and trips.

  • ISSO Social Media and Email Lists

    ISSO uses social media get the word out about campus events and international community news. “Like” us on Facebook to stay connected. We also host two email lists: ISSO-News-L for urgent immigration alerts and iPrograms-L for events updates. ISSO-News-L is required for all registered international students at Cornell. Join iPrograms-L if you want to receive announcements about ISSO trips, programs, and non-immigration services.

  • Additional Resources

    See the Cornell and Ithaca Resources: A Practical Guide handout.

    The Cornell International Friendship Program (CIFP) matches new international students and scholars with local alumni and other community members to provide cultural, educational and social support. Popular activities may include sharing holiday dinners, sightseeing, etc.

    CUInfo is a terrific source for information about all things Cornell. It provides links to information about news and events, special weather conditions, searches and directories, and more.