International Student ServicesInternational education at Cornell has its roots in a long-standing tradition of foreign student enrollment. The first international student matriculated in 1887; today Cornell alumni represent nearly 50 countries outside the United States.
Recent international student enrollment at Cornell represents as many as 15 different countries.
New international students enrolling in Term One of the academic year are provided a short homestay in the local community and a special orientation preceding the regular orientation for all new students. Incoming international students whose native language is not English may study English as a Second Language for one term of full academic credit before beginning their regular academic coursework (see English as a Second Language).