Attending the Program

It is a 3.5-day in-person program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The program combines faculty-led presentations with in-depth discussions and working sessions led by senior university administrators and managers. The program is a long-standing collaboration between Cornell and EACUBO, widely known as the Administrative Management Institute.

  • College and university officers
  • Administrative managers, directors, and supervisors
  • Business managers, directors, and supervisors
  • Department chairs and other faculty members with administrative responsibilities

While people from any country may participate, courses are presented in English. Participants must have well-developed English communication and reading comprehension skills to participate in and benefit from the program.

Space in the program is limited, so it is important to enroll as early as possible (before July is recommended).

By enrolling, you agree to pay the program fee. You have several payment options, including payment in full at time of registration via credit card. You may also request an invoice for payment via check or wire transfer. If you require the option of payment by check or wire transfer, please contact an Enrollment Counselor for details. Payment in full is required prior to the start of the program. 

  • Your payment is fully refundable if you cancel your participation at least 30 days in advance of the first day of the program. If notice is received less than 30 days prior, the cancellation charge is U.S. $1,000 (the cancellation charge will not apply if you transfer your participation to another qualified participant from your institution). If you fail to send notice, or withdraw after the first day of the program, the full program fee is subject to forfeiture.
  • In the unlikely event that the program must be canceled, you will be advised of alternative options — either a rescheduled future program date or other relevant eCornell programs. If alternate options are not acceptable, any unused fees paid shall be refunded to the payee and neither the participant nor the payee will be entitled to any additional compensation from Cornell University for any reason, including the purchase of nonrefundable airline tickets or other costs associated with transportation or accommodations.
  • If participating in the program is not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will have the option to transfer to a future program or receive a refund for the on-campus portion of your registration.

If there are pre-program assignments for your program they will be posted online via Canvas, our learning management system. You will receive a username and password to access your Canvas account no later than 10 days prior to the start date of the program.

Session Schedule
  • 8:00am – 9:00am Continental breakfast
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Sessions
  • 12.00pm – 1:00pm: Buffet networking lunch
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Sessions
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Networking Reception (the first evening of the program), and other networking activities TBA
  • You are expected to attend each day of the program. Cornell certificates are presented only after successfully completing the program, and you must be present to receive your certificate. We reserve the right to withhold certificates from participants who miss any portion of the program.
  • Prior to your arrival at Cornell, we will provide you with information regarding your stay and getting the most out of your experience.
  • Registration and continental breakfast will be held at 8:00am on the first day of the program in the atrium at Statler Hall. Instruction will begin promptly at 9:00am.

Instruction begins at 9.00am and ends at 5:00pm. You should also plan to be available in the early evenings for activities and group work. Because of the intensive nature of the program, those who arrive late or leave early will not earn a certificate.

Fees and Payment

Tuition is $2,999 and includes all course materials, articles, case studies, notepaper, pens, etc. A daily continental breakfast, buffet networking lunch, and refreshment breaks are also included. You are invited to attend an opening welcome reception on the first day of the program. Transportation, accommodation, and personal items are not included.

Payment is due upon enrollment. If you need to pay via check or wire transfer, please contact an Enrollment Counselor for details.

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, check (made payable to “Cornell University” in U.S. funds), and wire transfer.

Cornell does not offer any scholarships for the program..

Travel and Lodging
  • Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements and paying for them at their own expense. Ithaca is home to many local hotels. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Cornell campus are available upon request at these hotels:
    • The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
      • The preferred lodging option for participants, Cornell’s Statler Hotel is located in the center of the campus, and is also where the program will be held.
      • Phone: 607.254.2500 or 800.541.2501
      • Fax: 607.257.6432
    • Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
      • Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown is Ithaca’s newest luxury lifestyle hotel, located just steps away from the Ithaca Commons and restaurant row.
      • Phone: 607.277.0230 or 1.855.271.3617
      • Fax: 607.277.0231
    • Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
      • The Ithaca Marriott is ideally located in the heart of downtown Ithaca at the crossroads of Restaurant Row and the Commons pedestrian mall.
      • Phone: 607.272.2222 or 1.877.688.1914
      • Fax: 607.379.6641
    • Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca
      • Located in downtown Ithaca across from the Ithaca Commons, approximately one mile from the Cornell campus.
      • Phone: 607.277.8900 or 877.782.9444
      • Fax: 607.277.8910
    • Homewood Suites by Hilton
      • The Ithaca Homewood Suites by Hilton® is a Three Diamond all-suites hotel located two miles from the Tompkins County Regional Airport and just five minutes from Cornell University.
      • Phone: 607.266.0000
  • Cornell University is located in Ithaca, a small city in central New York State. It is approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City, and 60 miles south of Syracuse, New York. For more information: maps, directions, and local information.
  • By Air
  • By Bus, Car, & Train
    • Note: The information below is mostly specific to travel between New York City and Ithaca, however these options should also apply to other cities. If you need to get from a New York City-area airport to one of the New York City stops listed below, you can take a taxi, bus, or shuttle. One shuttle option is New York Airport Service.
    • By Bus
      • If you are arriving at a New York City-area airport and need to get to one of the New York City stops listed below, you can take a taxi or public bus, subway, or train. With luggage, taking a taxi is more convenient, and likely quicker, but a higher cost than public transportation. See options in the ground transportation section on the applicable airport page. The following companies provide bus service between New York City and Ithaca (a 4.5-to-6-hour ride):
        • Cornell’s Campus-to-Campus Express (Phone: 1.607.254.8747) 
          • We recommend Cornell’s executive bus, which offers direct express service (4.5 hours) with a convenient stop location on campus, comfortable seating, wireless Internet, power outlets, reading lights, and complimentary beverages. Advance reservations needed; we suggest you book early.
        • Greyhound (Phone: 1.607.272.7930 or 1.800.231.2222) 
          • Ithaca stop: 131 East Green St.
          • New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal
        • ShortLine (Phone: 1.607.277.8800 or 1.800.631.8405)
          • Ithaca stops: 131 East Green St. and Cornell Theater Arts Center
          • New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal
    • By Car
      • For directions, review driving directions to the Statler Hotel; the GPS address is: 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, New York. 
      • If you wish to rent a car, some of the companies that have local service outlets are:
        • Avis (Phone: 1.607.257.0441 or 1.800.831.2847)
        • Enterprise (Phone: 1.607.275.9000 or 1.800.736.8222)
        • Hertz (Phone: 1.607.257.8677 or 1.800.654.3131)
        • National (Phone: 1.607.272.2575 or 1.888.868.6207)
    • By Train
      • Amtrak train service is also an option, although the nearest station to Ithaca is in Syracuse, New York. 
  • There are several ways for you to get to your hotel once you arrive in Ithaca. Please remember that you are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements at your own expense.
  • From the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
  • By taxi:
  • By courtesy car: Some local hotels provide complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Use the courtesy phones located at the airport in the baggage claim area to call your hotel and have them send a car to pick you up.
  • If you are arriving by bus: Call a taxi from the bus station using the number above.
  • Ithaca is also serviced by Lyft and Uber.
  • You will need to determine the appropriate method of admission into the United States. Here are some general information websites for your reference:
  • The Visa Waiver Program enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or fewer without obtaining a visa.
  • If a visa is required, we can send you a B1 (Business Visitor) Visa Certification Letter that you can submit with an application to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. It is used to support that you will be coming to the U.S. for a business purpose. You should confirm that the letter is sufficient with the embassy/consulate. It is important to state that you will be a professional attending a business conference held at Cornell. You will neither be an admitted student nor earn academic credit; therefore, it should not be appropriate to apply for a student visa. We cannot provide you with an I-20 form, as that document is issued only to students admitted for full-time university study.
  • Also, if you plan to take a trip into Canada during your stay, it is your responsibility to determine whether you need a visa from the Canadian government and/or a re-entry visa to return to the U.S.

Attire for the sessions is business casual. Please note that the classroom facilities are on a central air-conditioning/heating system. You may want a light jacket or sweater to wear in the classroom. If you are more comfortable in attire that is customary or traditional in your country, by all means dress accordingly.

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