International Students

Information for International Accepted Students

International students have been a part of the student body at Cornell since the university enrolled its first class in the mid-1800s. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus community.

Reserve Your Place

Please follow these instructions:

What Happens Next?

After you reserve your place at Cornell, we will provide you with more information regarding your enrollment. You will learn about the programs, facilities, and services that you will have access to, and we will provide you with instructions on the next steps you must take to complete your enrollment at Cornell.

If you will require an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Status Visa), we must receive certification that you will have sufficient financial resources at your disposal for the entire period of time you are enrolled at Cornell. Your Declaration of Finances form must be completed and returned as soon as possible. Upon receipt of the Declaration of Finances form and your enrollment deposit, we will send you the I-20 form, which you must take with you when you apply to the American Embassy or Consulate for a visa.

Complete and return these forms:

Review more detailed visa instructions at the bottom of this page.

Get Prepared

We have various resources to help you prepare for your enrollment at Cornell.

Questions?

If you have any questions, email the Undergraduate Admissions Office at intl-inquiry@cornell.edu.

A Message About Visas

 If you don’t know the procedure in your country to apply for a U.S. Visa and have access to the Internet, go to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange.html. The International Students and Scholars Office also posts ongoing updates. 

As soon as you know that you intend to enroll at Cornell, return your completed Declaration of Finances and I-20 Address Verification Form with a copy of the page in your passport showing your name as it is listed legally (your name, as listed on your I-20, must match the name on your passport exactly). 

You should begin the process of applying for a visa as soon as you receive your I-20 to allow sufficient time for approval. However, your visa cannot be issued more than 120 days before the expected arrival date noted on the I-20, and you cannot enter the country more than 30 days before the expected arrival date.

*If you are currently in the U.S. attending a secondary school or another college or university, you must inform the person responsible for international students at that school of your intent to enroll at Cornell. Please request that your current institution completes an F-1 Transfer Verification form and return it to Cornell with the copy of your passport and I-20 Address Verification Form. Please see the information at http://isso.cornell.edu/students/new-student-visas/transfer-cornell. This step must be completed before Cornell is able to issue your I-20.