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​International Student Stories

More than 4,000 international students attend Syracuse University. Here are some of their stories:

Portrait of Michelle Osiyah

Michelle Osiyah

School of Information Studies (iSchool)
Information Management and Technology major
Class of 2023

“Everyone from resident advisors to faculty makes a student feel welcomed here. It’s amazing how they become more like your immediate family.”

Rehan Balsara with Otto the Orange

Rehan Balsara

Whitman School of Management
Finance and Accounting major
Class of 2023

“I chose Syracuse primarily because of the Whitman School’s well-recognized and academically outstanding undergraduate programs. I was also drawn to Whitman’s unique IMPRESS Program , where Whitman students benefit from experiential learning and obtain professional certifications.”

Spencer Watt wearing orange and blue rugby shirt and bucket hat

Spencer Watt

College of Arts and Sciences
Forensic science and psychology major
Class of 2022

“As someone who was indecisive about what I wanted my life to look like, Syracuse provided the ideal academic path for me. I have been able to explore subjects I have never expected myself to be interested in and Syracuse encouraged it. The liberal arts structure forced me to try something new and lead me to what I’m studying now.”

Jiawen Cao portrait

Jiawen Cao

Newhouse School of Public Communications
Graphic Design major
Class of 2021

“Syracuse fit all the criteria that I wanted for a university. I knew I wanted to go to a larger university, that still felt small; be in a city, but still have a traditional campus experience. Plus, it has a great reputation.”

Konstantinos Chrysoulas portrait in classroom

Konstantinos Chrysoulas

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Computer science major
Class of 2022

“The campus facilities had me in awe. From the numerous fitness facilities to the academic buildings, as well as the exceptional reputation of the professors and the overall staff, Syracuse definitely won me over.”