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New York State is known for being innovative and forward-facing and Syracuse University is at the center of it. Ranked #62 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 200+ majors and 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 120 countries. More than 4,000 international students are enrolled, nearly 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 five overseas centers or World Partner affiliations.
- We connect you with postgraduate success. 93% of graduates in full- and part-time positions, military service, volunteer or service programs, or graduate school within six months of their graduation*. With numerous career fairs throughout the year, top employers of Syracuse graduates include Amazon, Bloomberg and Lockheed Martin. Top graduate schools include Columbia University, the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University.
- You'll be supported by many services that help ensure a rich and productive experience, including first-year experience programs, faculty and peer advisors, a robust campus safety department, tutoring and study centers, and the Barnes Center at The Arch.
- When you arrive on campus, a special orientation program will help you adjust to life in the U.S. Our 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.
*Based off of class of 2022 data
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.
International First-Year Student Checklist
Use this checklist if you will be an incoming first-year student and are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
International Transfer Student Checklist
Use this checklist if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, have graduated from high school, and have earned or are currently earning college credits.
International students have three enrollment options when applying to Syracuse University.
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.
Stories from Current Students
More than 4,000 international students attend Syracuse University.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply if I am a dual citizen?
- What types of financial documents are necessary to submit as proof of sufficient funding?
- I attend an American high school (or college) and have been taking classes taught entirely in English. Do I still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge English Language Assessment/PTE?
- What is the minimum preferred TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge English Language Assessment/PTE score?
- If I am not a U.S. citizen, but I live in the United States and go to school here, am I considered an international student?
- If I am in the process of obtaining permanent residency/green card, how do I apply for admission?
- More frequently asked questions