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Coronavirus Updates

Visit Cornell's Coronavirus Resources and Updates for campus-wide information.
Visit COVID-19 Immigrations FAQs for our international community and COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs for current study abroad students.

Critical COVID-19 information for the international community and students studying abroad


Office of International Services Moving to Remote Assistance

Effective Monday, March 23, the Office of Global Learning International Services is temporarily suspending in-person office hours and moving to fully remote assistance for our international students, scholars, and campus partners. All questions and requests for advising should be made via email or by phone between 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 


Department of State Suspending Routine Visa Services

  • In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020.

Starting on April 6, Classes are Moving Online

  • Classes on the Ithaca campus have been suspended as of 5 p.m. on March 13.
  • Classes resume on April 6 with online instruction.
  • The residence and dining halls will be open for students who have exceptional circumstances and cannot go home. If you have not already filled out a survey requesting accommodation, contact vpscl@cornell.edu
  • Contact international@cornell.edu if you plan to remain on campus, and we will create a plan to support your specific needs.
  • International students should consult the COVID-19 Immigration FAQs.

For Students, Faculty, and Staff Currently Abroad

  • If you are returning after March 13, and have not shared your plans already via the survey, please email abroad@cornell.edu as soon as possible.
  • All travel, regardless of your point of origin, will be difficult. Prepare for long lines, airport evaluations, and potential restrictions. If returning from a Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice country, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.
  • You may stay abroad, including in Europe, provided you feel comfortable and well-cared for.

We recognize that these are challenging times, and those who were abroad this semester are deeply disappointed. There is an added layer of complexity for international students, faculty, and staff. Each of you is feeling the effects of the current situation in a unique way. We want you to know how sorry we are for the difficulties you may be confronting. We are here for you, to help you find solutions to challenges you are facing or just to offer a reassuring voice. Please reach out if we can be of help.