International Students

Welcome to the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) community! Over the next year, you will face many changes as you continue to adjust to life at Cornell and in the U.S. You will have many decisions to make, and we hope that you will find these resources helpful.

As an international student at Cornell, you'll find your most valuable resource is the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). We encourage you to find out about all the services that the ISSO offers and make use of them! You will automatically be placed on the e-lists for the ISSO newsletters, so you will receive regular updates about important visa and immigration information, legal issues, campus information, international community news, trips, and social events.

The ISSO publishes the following guides for new international students:

Getting Started

All newly arriving international students must check in with the ISSO office no later than 30 days after the start date on their I-20 or DS-2019 form. If you do not check in with the ISSO, you may lose your valid immigration status in the U.S.

To check in, go to the ISSO office at B-50 Caldwell Hall, and bring with you:

  • Your passport;
  • Your I-94 card;
  • Your I-20 or DS-2019 form.

The ISSO PREPARE program is a four-day, international pre-orientation program. PREPARE will teach you about Cornell's student life, international community, and traditions, while also covering practical matters. The program provides unique opportunities to ask questions and discuss issues with officials throughout the university, including staff from health services, campus police, and academic departments.