Upcoming events you don’t want to miss!

Upcoming Events in November

As winter break quickly approaches, there’s still time to learn more about studying abroad. Throughout the months of November and December, Syracuse Abroad will be hosting a variety of exciting events and we invite all students to attend and participate. Interested in learning more about Santiago’s travel seminar? Curious about what it’s like to live in London? Want to learn more about summer programs? You’re in luck! Representatives from multiple international organizations will be on campus this month to talk to students, faculty and staff about their role abroad and the experiences they provide to students.

So mark your calendars and gear up for what’s to come.

An Inside look into Cuenca, Ecuador: Santiago’s pre-semester signature seminar presented by CEDEI

Led by Carlos Guzman, CEDEI’s Executive Director (executivedirector@cedei.org) and Diana Rosales

Summer Spotlight: Paris Noir Information Session

Led by College of Arts & Sciences

Becoming a Londoner

Presented by Stephen Halliday, Cultural Engagement Manager at Syracuse London Center

Overview of Syracuse Strasbourg Center

Led by Thomas and Elena from the Council of Europe

  • December 2 TBD at SyracuseAbroad@Bird

The Benefits of Studying Abroad

Led by Elena from the Council of Europe

  • December 3 TBD at SyracuseAbroad@Bird


For a complete list of all upcoming events, visit: Upcoming Events

Spring 2020 application deadline extended!

The application deadline for the following programs has been extended to October 15.

Spring 2020 Programs:

Don’t forget: the deadline for short-term programs is Oct. 15 too!

The world won’t wait, why should you?

Apply today: suabroad.syr.edu/apply


Syracuse Abroad ranked #11 for best study abroad programs

Otto st Syracuse Abroad day
2019 Syracuse University

According to U.S. News and World Report, Syracuse Abroad has been ranked #11 for the best study abroad programs in the country.  In the Spring of 2019, U.S. News asked college presidents, deans, and academic officers from over 1,500 schools to nominate 15 institutions with exceptional study abroad programs. Colleges that received 10 or more nominations were ranked according, with Syracuse Abroad landing at #11 on the list. Criteria included academic curriculum, length of opportunities offered and the student and cultural interaction while abroad.

See the full list here: U.S. News Rankings: Study Abroad


SyracuseAbroad@Bird: Grand Opening on Sept. 19

SyracuseAbroad@Bird will host a Grand Opening and Open House event on Thursday, September 19.

BirdSyracuseAbroad@Bird, located at Bird Library in room 002, is a new space for students to explore study abroad opportunities in a convenient location – with no appointment needed! The new satellite office gives students the opportunity to meet candidly with Syracuse Abroad staff on their schedule and learn more about programs of interest, the application process, and much more.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Grand Opening event, beginning at 3pm on Thursday, Sept. 19. The event will include Opening Remarks from Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly, an Open House and a chance to meet with Syracuse Abroad staff. Plus – sample international treats and grab some Syracuse Abroad swag!

Read more about the event: SyracuseAbroad@Bird Open House and Grand Opening to Be Held Sept. 19


SyracuseAbroad@Bird Grand Opening | Sept. 19, 3-5pm | Bird Library, room 002

Syracuse Abroad Day is September 5th!

Your journey abroad starts Thursday, September 5th at Syracuse Abroad Day!

Syracuse Abroad DayAt Syracuse Abroad Day, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and representatives from a variety of programs and disciplines to learn about what Syracuse Abroad has to offer. Our annual event is packed with international food, travel experts and and over 25 program alum who will be ready to answer questions about life abroad. Students will also have the opportunity to visit stations, get their passport stamped and enter for a chance to win prizes essential to traveling abroad.

Read more about this event: Syracuse Abroad Day: The Gateway to Global Education


Syracuse Abroad Day | Shaw Quad | 11am-2pm

Program Spotlight: Borders In Flux Signature Seminar

In January of 2019, students enrolled in our Syracuse London Center embarked on journey like no other. Before beginning their semester abroad in London, a group of students participated in an intensive nine-day Signature Seminar throughout Ireland.

As part of this Seminar, Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland, students traveled to Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and discovered how Ireland’s past, and present, have a direct connection to today’s politics. Students had the opportunity to explore and evaluate the relationship between politics and religion in Ireland, what constructs a ‘national identity’, and how Ireland’s violent past impacts the present day.

In each of the destinations, students engaged in hands on, field learning activities such as walking tours of the city, visits to iconic sites and interactions with local activists. To complete their trip, students visited the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway, one of Ireland’s most beautiful natural landmarks. During each of their experiences, students had the opportunity to reflect on how past remains visibly present in Ireland’s landscapes and buildings, and how these shifting borders help to understand, question, and reproduce conflicts of identity.

The Seminar was led by Dr. Maggie Scull, a modern historian whose work explores religious institutions, secularization, political violence, sectarianism, and peace. As an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Dr. Scull focuses on the Northern Ireland Troubles and the role of society, religion, and politics in daily lives as well as international relations.

On August 25th, Dr. Scull will once again lead a group of Syracuse London Center students on this journey through Ireland before their semester abroad begins.

Introducing Theresa Barone, Front Desk Coordinator!

Theresa in RomeTheresa Barone is the first face you’ll see when you walk into 106 Walnut Place, and she’s probably the voice you’ll hear on the phone if you call the Syracuse Abroad office. She began her work as the Syracuse Abroad Front Desk Coordinator in early March, where she coordinates the office’s work-study students, processes forms and applications, and directs any and all inquiries coming into the office.

What has been your career path so far?

I was self-employed for 15 years. I owned a clothing store on Marshall Street. It was women’s contemporary clothing and then we moved down to Amory Square. Then I took a gap to stay at home with my kids. I then took a position with the book store, worked in accounts payable and that’s how I got here!

Did you study abroad?

No, but I lived abroad in London when my husband’s job took us there. I loved traveling Europe, every weekend we went somewhere different.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I always wanted to get to Greece, and I finally got there when we were living in London in 2009. The food was spectacular, and the water was so blue.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Probably because I lived abroad with two small kids and I saw what it did for them. They pick languages up so easily so I saw an immense growth in them.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

My favorite traveling story has to be when my family was in the Alps in Austria. My daughter was young and we turned away for a moment and she was climbing a snow bank next to an avalanche warning sign! She was fine, but it was definitely a crazy moment.

Eight abroad alumni among 2018 University Scholars

Two female students abroad
Jackie Page ’18, a Syracuse London alumna, has been named one of 12 University scholars.

Twelve seniors have been named as the 2018 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows. Eight of the students are alumni of Syracuse Abroad programs. Congratulations to all!

University Scholars will represent the entire graduating class at the May 13 Commencement ceremony. On Wednesday, May 9, the scholars will be honored at a reception at the Chancellor’s house hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen, at which they will receive special medallions to be worn at Commencement. The scholars will also be honored at the One University awards ceremony on Friday, April 20, at Hendricks Chapel.

The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee, a University-wide faculty committee, selected the 2018 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.

Introducing Joelle Orecki, London and Strasbourg Counselor!

Joelle OreckiJoelle Orecki isn’t new to the Syracuse Abroad staff – she has been the front desk coordinator since late 2016. But she recently moved into a new position as the admissions counselor for the Syracuse London and Strasbourg centers, where she’ll coordinate the admissions and pre-departure process for about 300 students each semester!

Did you study abroad? If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I studied in Paris in 2014, through the SUNY Oswego program. I was a French major at SUNY Geneseo, so I wanted to use my major while abroad.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Australia! My sister studied abroad there.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

It’s all about perspective. If you can immerse yourself in a culture, you can see how people from around the world think and act. I think it’s especially important in today’s day and age which is moving towards globalization.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

I was on a train from Cannes to Monaco and a very nice old man was telling me about the book he was reading in French and I could understand him! And respond in French! This was the last week of my abroad experience, had it been my first week I wouldn’t have been able to understand him.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why?

Spanish. I mostly know the food words and so many people speak it, so I’d definitely like to learn. Also Irish is fascinating, but dying out so I don’t have any plans to learn it, I just think it’s interesting.

What is the best story you’ve heard from a returning student?

A boy who studied abroad in London went hiking in the Lake District as an activity to represent different countries and groups. The hike separated the groups into Londoners, Americans, and refugees. He said he learned so much about the refugee crisis and how we can work together to solve it.

Do you have any advice for students about to go abroad?

Take advantage of your city while you’re there! Explore your city, don’t just go to different countries every weekend.


Joelle Orecki is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and the current London and Strasbourg admissions counselor.