​Information for Admitted International Students

Slutzker Center for International Services

The Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services is the official liaison with U.S. immigration offices for all non-immigrants at Syracuse University. The office provides orientation, programming, advice, and counseling on immigration regulations and academic, cultural, and personal matters. You must participate in the Slutzker Center orientation program upon arrival (in addition to the Syracuse Welcome program for all new students) and comply with all requirements before your SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) record will be registered with the Department of Homeland Security.


Charges and Payments

International students at Syracuse University are generally not eligible for financial aid in the form of housing or meal grants, loans, work opportunities, or merit scholarships.

Before the beginning of each semester, you will receive a statement of charges less anticipated financial aid, if applicable, that lists what you must pay for one semester for tuition, housing, meals, health insurance, and mandatory fees. Your statement will also show credit for the $500 advance tuition payment and the $450 advance housing payment. The statement for the fall will be made available via MySlice in June and the middle of November for the spring. Each semester you must pay the balance owed on your bill by the due date listed on the billing statement. Learn more about how to pay your bill and bill payment methods.

If you have not made satisfactory payment arrangements with the Bursar’s Office, the University may not let you register or may cancel your pre-registration schedule. Please contact the Bursar’s Office with any questions or concerns via email to bursar@syr.edu or by phone at 315.443.2444.


2016-2017 Estimated Expenses

The 2016-2017 estimated expenses are available via the Office of Financial Aid.

Attendance at summer sessions is voluntary and requires an additional tuition charge. The usual course load is six credits for each of the two summer sessions.

Charges for tuition, housing, meals, and fees will increase annually. The University carefully considers all increases in cost to ensure they are reasonable. It is important for students and families to plan for annual cost increases and be prepared for financial consequences.

Syracuse University Prepaid Tuition Plan

If you wish to pay four years of undergraduate tuition in advance, you may participate in the Prepaid Tuition Plan.

This plan allows you to lock in the rate of tuition in effect at the inception of the plan and avoid future tuition increases. Participation is limited to full-time Main Campus undergraduate students who are not receiving institutional scholarships or grants in excess of $8,000 per academic year. This plan does not cover fees, housing and meal costs, books, and other University charges, which will be billed and payable in accordance with University policies. This agreement covers the fall and spring terms only. Summer study such as Maymester and Summer Sessions I and II, as well as any Winterlude courses, are not included in this plan. 

If you are interested, it is recommended that you consult your financial planner/tax adviser. 

For details or a copy of the SU Prepaid Tuition Plan Agreement, please contact James Crimmer, Associate Treasurer, at 315.443.4025 or jmcrimme@syr.edu.

Monthly Payment Plan Option

Many families use the University’s Monthly Payment Plan Option because it allows them to pay their balance over the course of the semester. There is an annual non-refundable application fee of $75 to participate in the Option, which will be calculated into your monthly payments. Students desiring to use the Monthly Payment Plan Option are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to realize the maximum number of months over which to pay the balance due. A Monthly Payment Plan application must be completed each year.

Continued participation in the Monthly Payment Plan Option is contingent upon a satisfactory payment history.

Your $500 advance tuition payment and $450 advance housing payment as well as any anticipated financial aid, if applicable, will be credited against the spring charges on your plan. Work-study grants are not credited to your payment plan.

To apply, complete the Monthly Payment Plan Option application [PDF, 48KB]. Complete the section on financial aid only if you have filed the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. The form must be signed by the person who is financially responsible.

Tuition Refund Insurance

A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., of Boston offers a tuition refund plan, which is an elective insurance plan. It supplements Syracuse University’s refund schedule in the event a student withdraws from the University for medical reasons. You are not required to participate in this plan. Enrollment applications for spring must be received prior to January 17, 2017. Learn more or contact A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. directly at 617.774.1555.


Health Services, Insurance, and Immunization Requirements

Please complete and return the Health Form [PDF, 347KB] to:

Syracuse University
Health Services
111 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse NY 13244-2320

International students and any dependents are required to have comprehensive health insurance. You may choose to purchase the health insurance plan that the university has selected, or provide proof of enrollment in another health insurance plan that meets the minimum requirements.

In addition, all full-time students are charged a mandatory health services fee that is included with billing from the Bursar’s Office. Part-time students are eligible to use Syracuse University Health Services on a fee-for-service basis. The health fee does not cover all expenses. Expenses not covered are pharmacy, laboratory, and X-ray services, emergency room care, referral to specialty service providers, and hospitalization. Syracuse provides student-centered ambulatory healthcare.

Learn more about Health Services.


Transfer Records

If you have completed previous college coursework, your credits will need to be evaluated. Please ask the registrar or appropriate officer at your current college or university to send two copies of official transcripts/credentials to the recorder in the Syracuse University school or college to which you have been admitted.

You will be sent a credit evaluation explaining the number of credits you will receive for courses you have taken at other universities. Official acceptance of credit will not be complete until Syracuse University receives your transcripts. Course descriptions must also be sent.

Please note that all course descriptions must be translated into English, or they will not be accepted.


New International Student Orientation

Plan to arrive on campus by August 19. International student pre-orientation sessions for the fall 2017 semester will take place August 20-22. At the end of the Slutzker Center orientation, you will join Syracuse Welcome 2017, an orientation for all the University’s first-year and transfer students. This program will take place Thursday, August 24, through Sunday, August 27. During this program you will meet with your academic advisor, take any required placement examinations, including the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE), and attend opening ceremonies for the University. The orientation schedule for international students differs from the schedule for U.S. nationals due to the mandatory international student pre-orientation programs.

Prior to orientation, international students must check-in with the Slutzker Center and bring the I-20 or DS-2019, I-94, passport with visa, and proof of health insurance. You can check-in prior to your travel to Syracuse, then report to the Slutzker Center as soon as you arrive in Syracuse to complete the check-in process.

If you do not have an assignment in a residence hall, it will be necessary to make hotel reservations in advance of your arrival. Please review new student arrival information about temporary housing on the Slutzker Center website.


Tobacco-Free Campus

To help ensure a healthy, productive, respectful environment, Syracuse University is pleased to provide a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Learn more about our tobacco-free campus.