Information for Incoming International Exchange Students

Johnson Term Dates (Semesters)

Spring 2013 Semester Dates:

  • Mandatory Orientation:  January 18
  • Instruction Begins: January 21
  • Spring Break: March 16 - 24
  • Instruction Resumes: May 25
  • Last Day of Classes: May 4
  • Study Period: May 5 - 8
  • First Days of Scheduled Exams: May 8- 10
  • Last Days of Scheduled Exams: May 13-17
  • Commencement: May 26

Fall 2013 Semester Dates:

  • Mandatory Orientation: August 26
  • Instruction Begins: August 28
  • Labor Day Holiday – No Classes: September 2
  • Fall Break: October 12-15
  • Thanksgiving Recess: November 28 - December 1
  • Last Day of Classes: December 6
  • Study Period: December 7 - 10
  • First Days of Scheduled Exams: December 11 - 13
  • Last Days of Scheduled Exams: December 16-20

Expected Arrival Date

Exchange students are expected to arrive at Cornell at least one week before classes start to get settled.  A mandatory orientation for exchange students will take place before the start of classes each semester. Additionally, those coming for fall semester only are invited to attend the Johnson Outdoor Experience (JOE), a team-building, 2-day outdoors event which is the culminating event of the orientation program for entering first-year students.   Additional information regarding orientation and JOE will be sent once the nomination period has ended.

Exchange Application Deadline

  • Nomination for fall 2013 semester: 19 April 2013
  • Nomination for spring 2014 semester: 19 April 2013

Required Documents

Exchange application (available on-line once confirmation of students selected by home university sent), Declaration of Finances form (sent once application completed) and supporting financial documentation, including proof of tuition paid to home university, one passport-sized photograph for Johnson student directory, and health history forms.  Updated CV and copy of TOEFL scores included with nomination is also required.  Please include nominated student’s current citizenship, gender, and email address with official nomination.

Visa Requirements

Exchange students will need a Cornell University Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigration F-1 Student Status) and a valid F-1 student visa (issued by a U.S. consulate) to enter the United States as a student.
Once chosen to study at the Johnson, exchange students will be sent a Declaration of Finances Form to fill out and submit along with proof of funding for tuition paid and expenses for one semester. We will then issue an I-20 form to be used to apply for the F-1 visa.


Exchange students are encouraged to live in on-campus university housing.  Contracts for one semester are arranged directly with the Housing Office. Please be sure your nominated student(s) are searching for housing as soon as they are confirmed.  Please contact Missy Riker directly regarding on-campus housing arrangements.

Health Insurance

All full-time registered students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). You will initially see a full year's charge for the insurance on your first bursar bill at the beginning of the semester. The charge will be adjusted to the semester rate later, on another bill. Only students who can demonstrate that they have other health insurance that meets all of Cornell's requirements will be allowed to appeal the charge for the SHIP. For more information visit the Student Insurance website or e-mail Additionally, all accompanying dependents on U.S. visas must be covered by health insurance.

Approximate Living Costs

  • Room and board: approximately US$6,250 per semester
  • Books: $550 per semester
  • Student activity fee: $50 per semester
  • Personal expenses: $2,500 per semester
  • Health Insurance, student only: $860 per semester

Learning Expectations

  • Class format: Combination of lecture and case study along with class assignments. Participation in class is expected. Most classes involve some team projects.
  • Attendance: Classes meet 2 times per week for 14 weeks. Students are expected to attend all classes.
  • Grading: Letter grades are given. The grading system is based on a 4 point scale, with an A being a 4.0, the highest grade.
  • Class size: Usual size for second-year students: 60 or fewer.
  • Course load: To be a full time student, the exchange student must take at least 12 credits at  Johnson. Additional courses may be taken in any other department at Cornell only once this requirement has been met.
  • Examinations: Written examinations given at the end of the semester. Some courses have reports or projects rather than examinations.

Language of Instruction

English (see requirement below)

Program Strengths

The Johnson MBA program is a general management degree offering concentrations to those who wish to specialize. Breadth concentrations include: 1) Consulting; 2) Entrepreneurship; 3) Leadership; and 4) Global Management.  Seven initial Depth Concentrations are: 1) Corporate Finance; 2)Financial Investing; 3) Financial Analysis; 4) Marketing Analytics; 5) Marketing Management; 6) Private Equity; 7) Strategy.  Other program strengths include production and operations management, brand management, investment banking, managing and leading in organizations, and global sustainability.  Exchange students may enroll in classes, on a space available basis, at other colleges at the University as long as they have met the requirement of a minimum of 12 credits or 150 contact hours at  Johnson.

Citizenship Requirements

In the true spirit of an academic and cultural exchange program, we do not permit U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents studying at any of our partner schools to attend  Johnson as an exchange student.

Academic/Experience Requirements

We require the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree and prefer a minimum of 2 years of full-time, post-undergraduate degree work experience.  Exchange students should have completed core courses before coming on exchange. Note prerequisite requirements for individual courses.

Language Requirement

The Johnson requires a minimal TOEFL score of 250 CBT (with recommended minimum sectional scores of 25 and 5.0 for the TWE), 100 IBT (with minimal sectional scores of 25), or an IELTS minimal score of 7 (with recommended minimal scores of 7 on the speaking and writing modules).

Exchange students are considered to be second year students and are not expected to take core courses. Exchange students may participate in any offering for the semester they are in attendance. They are not eligible for enrollment in first year immersion courses.

Student Services

Exchange students are able to join student clubs at Johnson and may use sports facilities at the university.

Career Services

Exchange students may use the resources of the Career Management Center (CMC) but will not be allowed to participte in on - campus recruiting.  Exchange students who use the CMC will be presumed to be seeking full - time / permanent employment, not summer internships.

Student Roster and Photos

All exchange students are expected to submit one photo no later than July 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. This is used for the university's student photo ID, for the records of the exchange coordinator, and for the student photo directory, distributed to all Johnson faculty and students.

Library and Technology Services

Exchange students have access to library and technology services, including internet access and e-mail service.

For More Information Prior To Arrival Johnson:

Donna Fleming
Director, International Academic Exchange Program
202B Sage Hall
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel: 607-255-0239

For More Information Once At Johnson:

Ms. Rhonda Velazquez
Director, Student Activities and Special Events
106 Sage Hall
Johnson at Cprnell
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

phone: 607 254 8828
fax: 607 255 6731