ACE Course Descriptions

During this four-week program, all students will take a morning course from 9:00am to 11:00am daily, and an afternoon course from 1:00pm to 3:00pm daily. The courses are designed to be highly interactive, introduce key strategies, and connect students with resources they can use after the program ends. 

Two college students in a classroom, looking at a shared paper.

In ACE classes you will practice communication skills for success in American academic and professional contexts:

  • participating in and leading group discussions
  • presenting your work and ideas through formal and informal presentations
  • speaking clearly and precisely in English
  • using appropriate language with peers, colleagues, faculty, and supervisors

In class you will begin preparing for important parts of the career-building process:

  • networking with people in academia and industry
  • creating job-search documents such as resumes and cover letters
  • explaining your experience and skills during an interview
  • understanding American cultural aspects that can affect the job search and workplace interactions
  • ensuring that you understand the required documents for holding a job or internship in the U.S. 


ACE classes also help you be confident and ready to have a successful academic year at Cornell: 

  • develop an understanding of American classroom culture and expectations
  • practice listening to academic lectures and taking effective notes
  • learn about the many Cornell resources available to international graduate students
  • take part in team projects that allow you to get to know your classmates very well.