Upon being selected to participate in a J1 program at Cornell, you must provide proof of sufficient English language knowledge. The academic department must certify that:
This regulation impacts incoming J1 visitors; those already present in J1 status and those whose initial DS-2019 forms were issued prior to January 5, 2015 are not required to demonstrate English proficiency at the present time.
Though you must be able to demonstrate this basic proficiency prior to receiving the DS-2019 form, if you would like to increase your English language ability after arriving, several opportunities for English language study exist in Ithaca. Contact the ISSO for more information about the language requirement or local English programs.
English proficiency may be demonstrated in one of several ways:
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