The Center for International Services is dedicated to the success of all international students at Syracuse University. The Center’s multicultural, multilingual staff have assisted thousands of students from around the world, and are ready to help you with travel procedures, immigration documents, living arrangements, and more. Please check the Center's website before leaving for Syracuse to ensure you're making necessary preparations.
If you've been accepted by more than one American university and receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from each of them, you must apply for your visa using the form issued by the university that you plan to attend. You must enter the United States using that same form.
Information is included with your Syracuse University admission packet referring to the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee payments made by F-1 and J-1 students. If you're transferring from another U.S. school, and your SEVIS record is transferred to Syracuse University, you do not have to pay the fee . If this is your first entry into the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 student or if your SEVIS record is not transferred, then you must pay the fee prior to your visa interview.
If you arrive in Syracuse by plane, train, or bus, taxi service is available from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport or from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (train and bus terminal) to the University. Taxi service costs approximately $30.
Check-in at the Center for International Services after you arrive in Syracuse. The Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the academic year. During the summer, the Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is also open the weekend before classes begin.
International students who have registered for the International Student Orientation before arriving in Syracuse are automatically registered for early move-in to their residence halls. You may be required to pay a daily fee if you move in to your residence hall early.
After you've been in the United States for one academic year (August-May), you may be eligible to apply for permission to work in your field of study. Curricular Practical Training , Optional Practical Training , and Academic Training provide authorization for F-1 and J-1 students to work for a U.S. employer. However, there are restrictions on this type of work permission and you should not assume that you qualify automatically.
Students generally dress casually and for comfort. Depending on the weather, they usually wear jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Every student should have a heavy coat, snow boots, a hat, and warm gloves for the winter.
In general, American students dress very informally, although there are occasions when you need to look more formal. You may want to bring a professional outfit to wear for an interview, presentation, or other special occasion.
The Chapel also provides programs for community service and the arts. It hosts speakers, performances, and other special events all year round.