A hub of international scholarship, 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.

Syracuse University is one of the top 60 universities in the United States and classified in the top tier for research activity among all doctoral universities in the nation. Pursue a degree in one of the many top-20 academic programs including architecture, art, communications, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, and industrial design. 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, 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?

  • 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.
  • 94 percent of 2015 seniors responding to the University’s placement survey are employed, interning, or attending graduate school.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Check out the Syracuse University Viewbook for International Students. (Download the PDF version.)

Read about international students’ experiences.

As a Council of International Schools (CIS) Higher Education Member, Syracuse University is an accredited institution that is committed to international education. All CIS Members agree to a Code of Ethics to promote the highest standards of ethical practice and professional behavior in the recruitment and admission of students into institutions of higher education.