International Students

A global community of scholars in the heart of New York state

Wherever you call home, Syracuse University welcomes you. Thousands of international students choose Syracuse every year for its blend of extraordinary academics, legendary spirit, and research, internship and extracurricular opportunities—all offered in a classic campus setting.

New York State is known for being innovative and forward-facing and Syracuse University is at the center of it. Ranked among the top 60 universities in the nation, and classified in the top tier for research activity among all U.S. doctoral universities, Syracuse is home to many top 20 programs, including architecture, art, communications, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, industrial design, and social work, as well as several top ranked graduate programs. Undergraduates can also study at the Maxwell School, recognized as one of the world’s best graduate schools for Public Affairs.

With more than 200 majors and 100 minors across 13 schools and colleges, Syracuse offers a rigorous private education within an inclusive, welcoming community of students and scholars from all 50 U.S. states and more than 130 countries. More than 4,000 international students are enrolled, about 20% of the total student body.

Why Choose Syracuse University?

  • Prepare for a global career through coursework in one of our learning centers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., or study abroad through one of the University’s eight overseas centers or World Partner affiliations.
  • 94 percent of 2015 seniors responding to the University’s placement survey are employed, interning, or attending graduate school.
  • You’ll be supported by many services that help ensure a rich and productive experience, including first-year experience programs, faculty and peer advisors, tutoring and study centers, Health Services, and a robust campus safety department.
  • When you arrive on campus, a special orientation program will help you adjust to life in the U.S. Our Slutzker Center for International Services provides the opportunity to participate in English conversation practice groups, and attend special events to meet other students from around the world.
  • Choose from more than 300 clubs and organizations, including the Asian Students in America Club, the European Student Association, and sports clubs like rugby and soccer.
  • In addition to the natural beauty of the nearby Finger Lakes and Adirondacks, the city of Syracuse offers a wide range of cultural and professional possibilities.
  • Syracuse’s location in the middle of New York State means easy access to Boston, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as New York City.

Stories from Current Students

More than 2,000 international students attend Syracuse University.

Hear their stories

International Student Requirements

Join our global community! You’re considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or dual citizen with the U.S., or if you are not a permanent resident of the U.S.

View international requirements

Enrollment Options

International students have three enrollment options when applying to Syracuse University.

View all enrollment options

Application Checklist

Don’t forget to submit an important aspect of your application! Use these checklists to keep track of your Syracuse University application materials. 

Review the first-year student checklist

Review the transfer student checklist

Support Services

As an international student, you can take advantage of the support services offered by Syracuse University to help with your transition to life in Syracuse.

Explore our services