These are some of the most popular questions SU Abroad receives from its newly-accepted students:
All SU Abroad students receive Syracuse University credit for courses taken abroad, even when taken at host/partner universities. For SU students, this credit is applied toward major or elective requirements. Visiting students receive credits either as home-university credit or as transfer credit, and should confirm their home school policy with their study abroad adviser.
For SU students, financial aid is automatically applied to the SU Abroad semester programs. Students from other schools are usually able to apply their federal financial aid to SU Abroad programs, and Syracuse will work with the financial aid offices at other schools to facilitate the process. If you are depending on loans to study abroad, we need written confirmation of the amount you will receive as soon as you know, so we can apply this as a credit to your account. Students participating on summer programs are eligible for both federal and private loans and study abroad grants.
Registration takes place abroad during orientation abroad, except for London, Madrid, and Hong Kong Center students, who register online before they arrive abroad.
Yes, you can change courses during registration, and then you also have a one-week drop/add period to finalize your registration. However, you are responsible for making sure your home college will approve your new choices, so bring your advisor’s email info with you.
These get added to your account after you register and so are billed to your billing address (or to your school, in some cases).
You learn about your host family during orientation before you are placed. At that time the housing coordinator can answer your questions and share other students’ feedback about the placement.
We ask that you try the placement for a two-week period. In almost all cases, concerns and reservations fall away during this adjustment period. If there are irreconcilable differences, the housing coordinator can work with you to make a change.
You will meet with the internship coordinator (or director, in some programs) during orientation abroad to learn about various options. The placement is finalized once you have an interview with the prospective on-site supervisor(s).
Yes, we work with a travel agent who has reserved group flights for some SU center programs. The group flight includes group transport abroad from the airport to orientation hotel. An SU Abroad representative (a staff or faculty member) also escorts the group flight in most cases. Students who choose to book flights online or through other agents will need to make their own arrangements to meet up with the group.
Full payment is required prior to departure, unless you are on the SU Payment Plan or have financial aid loans that will be applied after your departure.
The SU Abroad center staff has an on-call person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The SU Abroad main campus office also has an on-call person after hours who can respond to an emergency. See the Student Health and Safety section of our website, or call us at 1-800-235-3472 if you still have concerns.
If you'd like to talk to a staff memners, you can call SU Abroad at (315) 443-2471 or toll free at 1-800-235-3472. SU Abroad is also available via email, on Facebook, or on Twitter. If you'd like to speak to a former student, SU Abroad global ambassadors have already been abroad and are eager to share their expertise.