International Students

Graduate Study for International Students           

Making the transition to graduate school can be exciting and challenging.  If you are an international student, you will be learning about American academic culture and expectations, adapting to a new environment, and fulfilling visa and other legal obligations.

Cornell recognizes the challenges and has a number of resources available to help smooth the transition. 

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

B50 Caldwell Hall


Fax: 607.255.2778

More than 4,098 international students study at the Cornell campus, with nearly 2,346 of them enrolled in the Graduate School. The ISSO provides information, assistance, and referrals to international students and scholars and their families on a range of issues, including immigration, housing, finances, cultural adjustment, and personal and social situations.

All international students and academic staff members must check in with ISSO within 30 days of arrival.

Gannett Health Services Information for International Students\

Gannett Health Services provides comprehensive information about health care in the United States, including dental care, health insurance, and medical care for dependents.

International Coffee Hour 

International and U.S. students, scholars, faculty and staff members, and their families are encouraged to gather at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center for fellowship, coffee, tea, and cookies.  Check the Big Red Barn Events Calendar for the current schedule.

Community ESL at Cornell

Conversation classes for spouses and partners of international students and for visiting scholars.


Cornell Campus Club

International Women's Friendship Groups

We are an active, friendly group whose members come from many different countries and some of us have been in the USA for several years.  There is always plenty of lively conversation and on most occasions we have a program given by either one of our members or someone from the community.  Participants meet monthly for organized activities, conversation and friendship. Choose either the first or third Wednesday of the month.

First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM

Contact: Tamara Kobziar (273-2919)

Third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM

Contact: Elke Schofield (279-9895)

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

170 Uris Hall

M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Mario Einaudi Center supports research, teaching, and outreach activities that advance international studies at Cornell. The center offers area studies, development, comparative international programs, and study abroad. Staff members are available to answer your questions or to direct you to the appropriate international office or resource.

The International Gateway

The International Gateway provides a portal to all things international at Cornell from links to tax pages for foreign nationals to interactive maps with educational agreements.  The Gateway is designed for both international students or students who wish to pursue their studies or research internationally.