Advanced Communication for Engineers (ACE)

Summer Program for International Graduate Students

About Cornell Engineering's ACE Program

Note: ACE was previously known as SPEAC and the Summer English Immersion Program (SEIP)

Master's programs are fast-paced and require students to very quickly engage with speaking-intensive courses, networking, and other social situations. For those seeking a job or internship in the U.S., the search process starts early in the semester and requires high fluency in English.

To help you prepare for the fall 2020 semester, Cornell Master of Engineering programs collaborate with Cornell's English Language Support Office to offer a four-week summer English immersion program designed exclusively for incoming international master's students in Engineering or Computer Information Science. 

By the end of this program, students are:

  • more confident and fluent as English speakers
  • knowledgeable about Cornell services and programs
  • acclimated to U.S. culture and academic life at Cornell
  • able to navigate Cornell’s campus and the Ithaca area
  • ready to start their degree programs
  • prepared to search for a job or internship

You will be able to register through the required online Admissions Supplement for International Students. 


 Only 30 students will be accepted into ACE. Register early to secure your place in the program and to get a $100 discount. 


I benefited from every aspect of this program and most importantly I feel ready for the fall semester

— 2018 participant

This program enhanced my English skills, both in academics such as presentations and writing resumes, and outside the classroom through social activities. I have more confidence to speak English with other people. I like this program and wish it lasted longer than four weeks!

— 2018 participant