eCornell Learning Opportunity


General Information

The IRC is pleased to be able to offer eCornell classes at no cost to IRC employees. The retail price for each eCornell seat is more than US$700. eCornell courses provide an engaging learning experience through a combination of rigorous and relevant coursework, enriching facilitation by subject-matter experts, and Structure FlexibilityTM to enable you to work when and where it is convenient for you. eCornell courses are authored by renowned faculty from Cornell’s highly-rated Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Topics include a variety of leadership, management essentials, human resources and finance. The courses can be combined to create certificates in specific areas from Cornell University; courses also provide continuing education units. These are blended courses which provides students remote access to live instructors, discussion sessions with other students, and online materials.

Format of the Class

Most courses are two weeks long.  During your course, you can work at your own pace, moving through the material and completing assignments as your schedule allows.  The total time you will need to complete a course will vary. You can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week during a two-week period.

The courses consist of several different elements including, but not limited to, pre-recorded videos, case studies, and tools to help you apply the concepts to your work. Course assignments could include discussion participation, quizzes and course projects. Assignments will be reviewed and graded by the instructor.

While students do not have to be on the computer at a specific time of day, but must complete the work within the course period. This means that the learner completes assignments with the class, participates in mandatory discussion boards, interacts with instructor, and may attend optional office hours with the instructor.

If you are not able to complete a course within the two weeks, you can enroll again. The enrollment fee ($50 per course) is required for retakes.

The students must:

  • Have a reliable internet connection.
  • Be sufficiently fluent in reading and writing English to understand and complete assignments
  • Agree that you will complete the course during the designated time frame. Your access to future courses is based upon course completion.
  • Expect to spend between 3-5 hours a week over during the course duration.


How to Register for eCornell Courses

There are two ways in which an IRC employee/affiliate can register for eCornell courses. These are listed below:

For IRC employees:

The organization has pre-purchased seats from eCornell on an annual basis and you must be approved to take a course by your manager as well as the Talent Management team. Please submit your completed application to for approval. Detailed registration information will be provided upon confirmation of your application. Note: Failure to secure approval to take a course could result in your registration being cancelled.

For AmeriCorps staff or IRC affiliates who belong to any of the following contract status: short-term/temporary, intern/volunteer:

Please note that while IRC will not be able to offer pre-paid seats to you, we are able to offer discounted IRC price ($55 per course) payable by credit card. Please visit for registration details.

Drop/Transfer Policy

Drop – If a student is requesting to drop out of a course the request must be made prior to the start of the course. Please note that all courses are considered started at 12:01am Eastern Time (US) of the course start date. All drop requests must be made by email to

Transfer – If you initiate the process no later than 5 pm ET of the day prior to the start of your course, you may request to transfer to a different start date. Please contact



Two ways to enroll:

  • Self pay with a credit card (provides access to both certificates & courses):

  • IRC sponsored (single course enrollment):

International Rescue Committee

Contact Info

IRC Contact: