Cornell Off-Campus Courses

Cornell Off-Campus Courses are taught by Cornell faculty members in locations throughout the U.S. and the world. Offerings are advertised each year in the Course Schedule. Students must register for Cornell Off-Campus Courses in the same way that they register for regular courses. (See also Registration)

  1. All Cornell Off-Campus Courses require an additional course cost which is not covered by either the regular tuition or financial aid. All course costs are estimates only and are subject to an increase or decrease in price (not to exceed 10% of the original course cost) until 30 days prior to the start of the Block in which the course is to be offered. Payment schedules are determined by the faculty instructor and/or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies and are advertised prior to Spring registration. All courses require a 10% non-refundable deposit six months before the start of the Block. Reservations will not be made for a student who has not deposited sufficient funds to cover the expense. Failure to adhere to the posted payment schedule may result in increased costs for previously booked reservations and/or removal from the course. (See also Adding and Dropping Courses, paragraph 10.) Students may use their tuition exchange or remission benefit for these programs.
  2. Initial eligibility is determined at the time of the non-refundable deposit. Students who have paid the deposit and are denied participation at the time of the initial eligibility check will be refunded their deposits. Final eligibility is determined one month before the course. If a student is placed on academic, financial, or disciplinary probation between the time of the initial check and the final check, his/her participation will be reviewed by the course instructor, the Associate Dean and the Dean of Students. The student may be removed from the course or may be given permission to participate with clearly established guidelines. Should a student be placed on disciplinary probation after the final eligibility check but prior to the departure date for the off-campus course he/she will be removed from the course. Faculty members retain full discretion as to student enrollment in their courses.
  3. In addition to fulfilling all eligibility and payment requirements, students participating in Cornell Off-Campus Courses are required to:
    1. attend all pre-departure sessions held by the faculty instructor, Student Health Services, and/or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies;
    2. complete and submit all documents required by the faculty instructor, Student Health Services, and/or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies; and
    3. fulfill additional requirements, as defined in writing by the faculty instructor and/or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies.
  4. Students who drop or are removed from an off-campus course are only eligible for refunds of monies not already committed as a result of their anticipated participation, less the non-refundable deposit. A student’s refund may also be reduced if his/her non-participation in the course results in a higher per student cost on an existing contract with a third-party organization (e.g. Tour Company). Students who drop or are removed from an off-campus course less than 60 days prior to the start of the course is scheduled to begin are liable for payment of the full cost of the program. The Office of International & Off-Campus Studies will provide information to assist students with their inquiries regarding changes to existing flight reservations.
  5. Students participating in Cornell Off-Campus courses are still held to all policies and procedures outlined in the Compass as well as any other guidelines outlined by the faculty instructor. Faculty instructors, with assistance from appropriate college administrators when requested/required, are responsible for evaluating the severity of and responding appropriately to all misconduct occurring throughout the duration of the off-campus course. Student misconduct on off-campus courses may result in verbal warnings, written warnings and/or dismissal from the course. Any behavior warranting a written warning or dismissal from the course must be reported to the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies. Participation in future off-campus courses by students who have received written warnings and/or who have been dismissed from off-campus courses will not be allowed unless a successful agreement is made in a meeting with the student, the faculty instructor, the Dean of Students and/or the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies.
  6. After all course expenses have been finalized, refunds for students who participated in the course will be requested by the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies when funds remaining in the trip account provide a per student refund of at least $25.