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Inclusion, Engagement, and Advocacy

Global Cornell envisions and works towards a just, sustainable, connected world where differences are valued, and exchange encouraged. Our international students and scholars make a tremendous contribution to Cornell, both inside and outside the classroom.

Leadership and attentiveness in global matters have never been more critical for the university as we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs has been action-oriented during the coronavirus's unprecedented demands, managing the associated impacts on international students, faculty, and staff on campus and those of the Cornell community who were studying, conducting research, and performing activities abroad. What follows are some of the ways we support our international community. Please reach out with questions, concerns, or just to say hello.

Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs
Gustavo Flores-Macías, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs
Brandon Lanners, Executive Director, Office of Global Learning

Cornell Stands Against Hatred and Bias

Learn about student-led Project Heal, a free emotional support service through peer chatting and texting for Mandarin speakers on WeChat.

Supporting Cornell's Global Community During COVID

Throughout the past year, Global Cornell has provided leadership, oversight, and programming to support our international community and partners worldwide.

See Our 2020 Year in Review


International students studying at Cornell will find many opportunities to interact with both international and domestic students, inside and outside the classroom.


Class of '21 graduating international students and their families came together to celebrate at the International Student Graduation Reception. Enjoy the ceremony that featured Liming Chen MS '89, Chairman, IBM Greater China Group and student speakers Esha Vaish MBA and Masa Haddad.

Learn More About the Reception

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Immigration Advocacy and Statements

The Departments of State and Education put out a joint statement affirming their support of international students and collaboration.

“Many of our most pressing challenges are inherently global in scope and impact and can only be addressed by nations and individuals working together. From tackling pandemics and the climate crisis, to reducing economic disparities and building prosperity, to countering threats to democracy and maintaining peace – resolving these global challenges requires partnership and collaboration across borders. It is imperative that we continue to cooperate with our allies, invest in our relationships, and broaden our engagement worldwide.”

Read President Pollack’s statements on behalf of the international community.

Immigration Resources

Cornell values the contributions of international students, faculty, and staff and continually joins with other American universities to advocate for our international community.

  • On September 15, Cornell-supported lawsuits to counter H1-B immigration rulings set by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Labor to end existing H-1B lottery procedures and imposed new H-1B wage levels for international employees at the university have been vacated. Learn more about the victory.
  • On June 21, Cornell joined 150 other higher education institutions on an amicus brief in support of OPT for international students. 
  • Vice Provost Wolford sent a letter to Secretary of State Blinken on May 26 regarding recent visa denials for international students based on consular officials interpreting policies unevenly and unpredictably.
  • Cornell was one of five New York universities to send a joint letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security requesting changes in OPT and OPT STEM application procedures and filing deadlines due to receipt notice delays.
  • A public comment letter was submitted on November 30, 2020, on the USCIS rule to modify the H-1B visa selection process. The final rule was announced on January 7, 2021.
  • Cornell contributed a public comment letter on the proposed changes to the duration of status (D/S) rule on October 26, 2020, urging the DHS to withdraw this proposed regulation that threatens more than one million international students and scholars who hold F and J visas.
  • On July 12, 2020, Cornell was one of 59 institutions to join an amicus brief challenging proposed changes in immigration rules.

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Funding Opportunities

Grants, Internships, Fellowships, and Research Support

Global Cornell is committed to supporting faculty through grants that foster global learning and collaboration. For students, funding can provide engagement opportunities with cultures worldwide, mastering languages, and travel for research projects.

Connect with Funding Opportunities

Fostering Understanding Between International and Domestic Communities

Story Circles are intercultural understanding workshops designed to address international students' feelings of disconnection, heightened by COVID-19 travel restrictions. Workshop leaders support students as they share their experiences and stories. Programming focuses on the intersections of nationality and other social identities, aligning with the audience focus for Belonging at Cornell.

Learn about Story Circles

Guidance for Students and Faculty

The Office of Global Learning (OGL) advises international students and scholars on U.S. immigration, tax, and labor regulations, and travel documents.

FAQ for Students FAQ for Scholars

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Protests and Your Rights

Do you feel passionate about a cause and want to get involved? Read our Protests and Your Rights page. You’ll find guidance on your rights and risks as an international visitor.

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Prepare 2021

Prepare is the pre-orientation program for incoming international undergraduates, where first-year and transfer students meet new people, and learn about Cornell and Ithaca.


Cornell Health offers resources specifically for international students who have questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations.

Additional Resources

  • Maintaining Your Status: Whether you are taking a leave of absence or extending your time at Cornell we have advisors to help you navigate your time as a Cornell student or faculty member.
  • Travel: Do you have questions about travel documents, visas, or entry questions? We're here to help you whether you are coming or going.
  • Employment and Taxes: Did you work on campus? Will you have to file income tax forms? U.S. tax law is complex, you can come to us with questions.

Student Resources Faculty Resources

Moments of Delight

Even in the most challenging times, there are moments of delight and caring that bring a smile to your face and bind us together.

Two Cornell Study Away students at VinUniversity in Vietnam share this video.

Student in front of VinUniversity with "A School Day at VinUniversity" text overlay in Vietnamese

Telling Your Stories

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Race and Racism Across Borders

Prose, poems, and visual art submitted by Cornell students and alumni who gained new knowledge about racial dynamics by crossing a literal or figurative border.

In the News

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Getting to Know You

Student organizations on Cornell's Ithaca campus total more than 1,000 and about 150 of these have an international orientation. These groups provide students opportunities to connect with those who share similar backgrounds, and with those who don't.

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New transfer and international students gather for games and socializing in Klarman Hall during First Night, in early 2020.

Find Student Organizations

Ethical International Engagement

Cornell is committed to global engagement and supports open, international collaboration.

Speaking to Each Other

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Educating the Educators

English-Language Proficiency

English for International Students and Scholars is a 1-credit summer and winter class offered by the School of Continuing Education.

Learning Languages

At Cornell 57 modern and ancient languages are available for study.