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Support for International Students

Cornell is an extremely diverse community – nearly 20 percent of our student body is from a country other than the United States.

The University's International Students and Scholars Office is an excellent resource for all incoming and current international students, providing information on immigration and regulations, and counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters.

In our residential communities, diversity and multicultural awareness is nurtured and promoted through programs and events, and through community standards that emphasize mutual respect and an appreciation for learning from each other.

International students can benefit from constant support and guidance from their live-in residential staff, and from their community's student advisors. Undergraduate students who are unable to go home over winter break – a time when the undergraduate residences are usually closed – may stay on campus in the Holland International Living Center during that month.

In our graduate and professional student communities – where almost 80 percent of residents are International – a number of support services are offered, including orientation programs, translation assistance, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and help acclimating to life in the United States.

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