Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2018
  • Summer 2019


Mary Redmond

Housing Options:

Student Responsibility

Cornell Affiliations:

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE)


Opportunity Description

Cornell's English for International Students and Scholars (EISS) summer program is a non-credit offering for native speakers of languages other than English.

It provides full-time intensive English instruction as well as academic, social, and cultural orientation to the United States and its institutions.

EISS is designed to prepare students, scholars, and visitors for working and studying in the academic environment of a university in the United States or to use English professionally.


Most classes meet between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
Class size is limited to enhance language learning, and instructors provide personal attention and encouragement throughout.
The program is designed to help you:

  • improve your ability to speak and write accurately in English;
  • communicate in culturally appropriate ways;
  • prepare for study or work at a university in the U.S.;
  • develop the language skills required to achieve your professional,
  • academic, and personal goals;
  • practice academic reading, note-taking, and listening to lectures; and
  • use English in daily communication.

Optional afternoon classes

EISS also features optional afternoon classes, which may include:

  • cultural orientation;
  • discussions of contemporary issues;
  • a pronunciation workshop;
  • the use of idioms;
  • an academic skills session;
  • conversation practice;
  • TOEFL preparation;
  • student–teacher consultations;
  • academic presentations; and
  • a lecture series.

As an EISS participant, you will be enrolled in the non-credit course "UNIV 3032: English for International Students and Scholars," which is graded pass/fail and will appear on your official Cornell University transcript.

Participants who attend classes regularly and successfully complete the coursework also are awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Read more about EISS classes.


EISS faculty members have graduate degrees relating to language instruction and are experienced in teaching English in an academic setting.

The program is led by Mary K. Redmond, who has more than 30 years' experience teaching English.

Read more about EISS faculty.


To register, and for additional information about the classes, faculty, program charge, visas, housing, dining, and more, visit


“EISS is a concentrated and intense language program. It introduced me to American culture through interaction with American students on campus and visits to beautiful sites in Ithaca.”
Ying Wu, China

“I made great friends from all over the world. Through daily classes, activities, and events, we talked a lot in English and got to know each other well.”
Takashi Ohashi, Japan

“Thanks to the instructors for so much academic help and to the volunteers for helping me get familiar with American culture. This program gave me unforgettable memories.”
Sheng-Yi Shih, Taiwan

NOTE: A part-time version of EISS is also offered on Thursday nights during the Fall and Spring semesters.