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International Influence


Students from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, studied at Cornell during the January (top) and February terms.

When President Les Garner visited Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, two years ago, he issued an invitation: Come visit Cornell. In January, 13 students came to study for a block; another 16 came for the February term. They lived in residence halls or other campus housing, attended Cornell basketball games and local church services, and took in a pizza party at the President’s House. Each student was matched with a host family, which enabled her to travel locally. The February group even took a road trip to Chicago.

To prepare for the students, faculty members were prepped on student expectations and cultural differences; Cornell students were advised on Korean culture and customs.

The overall international student population at Cornell has grown. Last fall, a record 24 new international students enrolled; four more enrolled in January. Of the 36 international students enrolled full time, 20 are seeking degrees, with the rest attending on exchange programs. Thirty of the students are from Japan or Korea.





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