Visiting Students

Each year the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) welcomes a select group of hospitality students from around the world to take courses, interact with other students, live on campus, and become active members of our school. Participating as a guest student at SHA is an intense and invigorating experience in which you will be expected to succeed in a rigorous, highly competitive academic environment. You will have the opportunity to learn from our world-class faculty and immerse yourself in our dynamic multicultural community.

Qualification Guidelines

If you are interested in learning more about our guest student program, please review the following. As a guest student, you are required to:

  • Receive a recommendation from your home institution or university. A letter of recommendation must be received by Cornell University prior to initiating the application process.
  • Complete the college report form and have it signed by an appropriate college official at your home institution.
  • Be a native English speaker or achieve a minimum combined TOEFL score of 100, or minimum IELTS score of 7, within two years prior to the start of the semester for which you are applying.
  • Be enrolled in a course of study in hospitality management, or a related field.
  • Be officially enrolled in a university degree program with a minimum grade of B, or the equivalent (for example: 80 or higher on a 100-point scale, or 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale). Student transcripts will be reviewed by Cornell admissions. Please submit a school profile that defines the grading scale and transcript codes used at your home institution.
  • Successfully complete second-year university coursework (or equivalent), including courses in statistics, financial accounting, and financial management.
  • Submit a written statement of intent, in English.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester while attending Cornell.
  • Pay all Cornell fees, including tuitionhousing, and dining. Financial aid for guest students is not available from Cornell University.

How to Apply

If you meet the qualification guidelines and wish to apply to SHA as a guest student, please contact us to begin the application process at

Note: Application deadlines are October 1 for a spring-semester start and March 1 for a fall-semester start.