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Pre-course Assignment

Some PDP courses may have a required pre-course assignment.  For courses in Ithaca, access your assignment(s) and follow the prompts. Your username and password are included in your confirmation letter only after the minimum deposit of US$300 per course has been paid. Please note that both the username and password are case-sensitive, so be sure to type them just as they appear.

Pre-course assignments will be posted no later than two weeks prior to the start of your class, however, you may check the site frequently in the event that the assignment(s) is/are posted sooner. We will also advise you via email when the pre-course assignment has been posted.

Please contact us if you have paid your deposit but you have not yet received your username and password.


Registration and continental breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of class in the atrium at Statler Hall. There you will receive your welcome bag containing PDP information. Classes will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Class Schedule

Pre-course Assignment (for some but not all courses).

Day One

08.30-12.30: Class
12.30-13.30: Buffet Networking Lunch
13.30-17.00: Class
17.00-18.30: Reception
Evening: Individual or group assignment

There will be a 20-minute break in the morning and a 20-minute break in the afternoon.

Day Two

08.30-12.30: Class
12.30-13.30: Buffet Networking Lunch
13.30-17.00: Class
Evening: Individual or group assignment

There will be a 20-minute break in the morning and a 20-minute break in the afternoon.

Day Three

08.30-12.30: Class
12.30-13.30: Buffet Networking Lunch
13.30-15.30: Class

There will be a 20-minute break in the morning and a 10-minute break in the afternoon.

Both refreshment breaks and buffet networking lunches will be included in the cost of the course.

You are expected to attend all sessions. Certificates are presented only upon completion of each course, and you must be present to receive your completion and certification documents. We reserve the right to withhold certificates from participants who do not attend all sessions.

Course Materials

The course fee includes everything required for the class work, including notebooks, articles, note-paper, pencils, and CDs for those courses that require them.


You should select your wardrobe in consideration of the weather. Attire for classes is strictly casual. Please note that all spaces in the school are on a central air-conditioning system. If you come from a warm climate, you may want a light jacket or sweater to wear in the classroom. There will be some photo opportunities and some participants like to plan weekend trips, so you may want to pack at least one business outfit (dress; suit; jacket and slacks; etc.). If you are more comfortable in attire that is customary or traditional in your country, by all means dress accordingly.

Making Payment

For Ithaca courses, you may submit initial payment during the application process, or make a payment on our web site at any time.

Spending Money

Last year's PDP participants recommended the amount of US$300 spending money for each week of participation in addition to meal expenses. VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted on campus and in most local shops; AMERICAN EXPRESS is less popular, and DINER'S CLUB credit cards are accepted in very few outlets. Travelers Checks in U.S. dollars are accepted at virtually all shops and restaurants with proper identification; personal checks are not acceptable. There are banking facilities on the campus for most routine transactions. While thefts are rare, the possibility always exists; you are encouraged to keep your cash holdings to a minimum. Please note that safe deposit boxes are not available for participants.

Cornell Hotel Society

To be eligible to become a member of the Cornell Hotel Society, you must either:

  • Be a SHA graduate
  • Attend AMP or GMP
  • Attend four PDP classroom courses

PDP participants are not considered Cornell alumni. This designation is reserved for individuals who have graduated from a Cornell University degree program (i.e., bachelor's, master's, PhD). But after you have attended four PDP courses, you are eligible to enroll as an affiliate member of the Cornell Hotel Society. Find out more about the Cornell Hotel Society.


Cornell Executive Education

Email: exec_ed_hotel@cornell.edu
Phone: 607.255.4919
Fax: 607.277.0517

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
209 Dryden Road, 4th Fl.
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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