Advanced Communication for Engineers (ACE)
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About ACE for International Graduate Students
Master's programs at Cornell 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 US, the search process requires high fluency in English and cultural knowledge. To ensure you are prepared for your academic courses and your career in the US, Cornell Master of Engineering programs have collaborated with the Cornell English Language Support Office to offer a four-week summer program designed exclusively for incoming international master's students in Engineering or related fields.
The ACE program helps students become aware, confident, and ready.
Learn about aspects of the North American engineering industry and be aware of key tasks you'll face as you prepare for your career and search for jobs.
As an ACE participant, you'll become more confident with communication strategies for navigating academic and professional life and networking with people in your field.
By spending four weeks in the ACE Program, you'll feel ready to begin your academic program and take the next steps on your career path.
What This Program Includes
This program is designed to focus on the oral communication skills and aspects of US culture that international professional master's students need to be successful in academic and professional settings.
The ACE program includes:
interactive and engaging courses that focus on communication skills for academic and professional purposes
site visits to local engineering firms and guest speakers from industry
career development and job search preparation, including coaching on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, networking, and navigating Cornell's career fairs
fun social events throughout Ithaca and on campus
ongoing private tutoring to strengthen your communication skills and improve your confidence for a variety of speaking situations
opportunities to network with faculty, professionals, and other students
familiarization with places of importance to daily life, such as grocery stores and the city bus system
What Students Say about This Program
Testimony from Students:
"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!"
"Because of this program, I am confident to speak English now. And I feel I have overcome culture shock! And I feel I am familiar with different facilities at Cornell."
"I benefited from every aspect of this program and most importantly I feel ready for the fall semester."
"This program gave me a really good chance to make good friends. And I was able to get familiar with American academic culture before the fall semester starts."
"This program helped me improve my English skills, and gave me knowledge about campus services, Ithaca and finding a job."
"This program allowed me to make friends with many classmates, improve my pronunciation skills, and become used to life in Ithaca.”
Summer 2020 Program Details
For details about the 2020 ACE program, visit the ACE Program's Engineering webpages: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/ace