Although Cornell does not currently offer on-campus courses during the summer, students may earn one course credit for either an individual project or an internship undertaken during the summer. Students begin by consulting a faculty member in the department in which they wish to earn the credit, who can tell them whether the department will sponsor their project and what, if any, prerequisites or other conditions must be satisfied in order to obtain departmental approval. Although some departments may suggest topics or put students in contact with prospective internship supervisors, most students develop their own proposals and contacts.
To register for a Summer Study course, students must file a proposal with the Registrar, available from the Registrar's Office, before leaving for the summer (the earlier the better in case there is a problem obtaining the permission of the Academic Standing Committee). The prospectus must be approved and signed by the faculty sponsor and the department chair. Late or retroactive registration is not permitted. No more than one course credit may be earned in any one summer, and not more than two course credits of Summer Study may be counted toward a student's Cornell degree.
The Summer Study course must be completed during the summer in which it is undertaken, i.e., between the start of Term Nine and the end of Term One. If a student fails or otherwise does not complete the course, he or she will not be charged and no record of the course or grade will be recorded on the student's transcript; however, if the College or the faculty sponsor has incurred any expense in connection with the course, the student will be charged the amount of this expense.
No additional tuition for a Summer Study course is charged if the student substitutes the Summer Study for a course either in one of the terms of the year preceding the start of the summer or in one of the nine terms of the following academic year. The student must also have paid or must pay tuition for the full academic year (eight terms) in which the Summer Study is credited. Under this option, the Summer Study is undertaken and completed during the summer, but the credit is posted either retroactively in one of the terms of the preceding year or in one of the following nine terms. A student is not permitted, however, to take a course in the term in which the Summer Study course is credited and must therefore take that term as a vacation. If these conditions are not satisfied, the student will not receive credit for a Summer Study course unless he or she pays tuition for the course at the rate charged for a single term during the regular academic year.
Students who elect to receive credit for their Summer Study retroactively in the preceding year but are unable to complete the course are not entitled to a refund, regardless of the circumstances. In such an event, the student's registration will be changed to "vacation." Students should keep in mind the possibility that the internship may not materialize or that they may not be able to complete the research project. They should make certain, therefore, that they earn enough credits during the preceding academic year in order not to jeopardize their being graduated on time. For information about Summer Study courses, consult the Registrar.
297/397. Summer Individual Project
Intensive study or research in a subject area not normally included in the regular course offerings or further in-depth study of a topic encountered as part of previous studies. The student works independently under the supervision of a faculty sponsor on a topic suggested by the student and approved by the sponsor. Prerequisites: a writing-designated course (W) and a minimum of 14 term credits completed, at least two of which are in the same department as the project. (OP)
299/399. Summer Internship
See "Internships." (CR)