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Office of Global Learning

In 1936, Cornell created the nation's first university office for international students. We're your home away from home - talk with us about visas and jobs, finding your niche in Ithaca, campus resources, and more. International Services is here to help students and scholars from around the world thrive at Cornell.

Address: 300 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca NY, 14853
Contact: 607-255-5243 | International Services |

Prepare Program

Incoming undergraduate international students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Ithaca 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 Prepare, participants will not only have access to resources to meet the challenges of adjusting to college life in the US, but will also have the opportunity to make new friends with students from all over the world.

The Prepare Program is hosted and funded by the Office of Global Learning. For more information, contact

Packing List and Survival Guide

ISU has created a survival guide of resources and tips that the students who created it wish they had before coming into Cornell. ISU has also created a packing list with suggestions as to what to bring from home and what to purchase here in Ithaca.

Other Resources

There are many more resources available to international students on campus! Feel free to seek them yourself or ask us for guidance.