Syracuse University

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I combine study at an SU center with local university study?

Yes, students may combine study at an SU center with coursework offered at local partner universities, provided they meet language and GPA requirements at foreign universities. Center-based programs in Beijing, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Santiago, and Strasbourg all offer the opportunity to take classes at loal universities.

FLorenceWhat is the difference between an SU center-based program and an SU World Partner program?

SU Abroad's 45-plus World Partner programs offer a range of models for SU students—from enrolling in small programs sponsored by other U.S. universities (in Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Germany, Cuba, and India, among others), to enrolling in foreign universities where most of your classes are with international students (Israel, Japan, and Korea), to directly enrolling in university courses alongside local students (Australia, Ireland). Individual programs have specific requirements, but in every case, it is the student’s responsibility to identify appropriate courses and get approvals for SU credit from academic advisers.

What if I want to study somewhere else - at a non-affiliated program?

Beginning in fall 2015, transfer credit will not be granted for courses that Syracuse University students take while at a non-affiliated program. Starting in fall 2015, if an SU student wishes to go abroad on a non-affiliated program, a process will exist for vetting non-affiliated programs. Students will petition their academic department and the Associate Provost of International Education and Engagement to study at a non-affiliated program. Students will receive SU credit, calculated into their GPA, and pay SU tuition and receive SU financial aid. The petition is available here.

Will credits count toward my major/degree?

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.

Does SU Abroad offer programs for graduate credit?

Yes. Many summer programs have courses and internships for graduate credit. Students who participate in these programs are typically enrolled in graduate degree programs, but students with undergraduate degrees who are not yet admitted to graduate programs are also eligible to apply. SU Abroad Law Programs are only open to students already matriculated in Law School.

There are also graduate semester programs. Master's degree programs in architecture and in Renaissance art history are offered in Florence, in architecture and photojournalism in London, and students in Master's programs in public policy studies have options at many of SU Abroad's center-based programs (Beijing, Santiago) and for SU students, at World Partners.

SantiagoIs there an SU Abroad language requirement?

There is no language requirement for admission to most of SU Abroad's center programs (the exception is Santiago, where two semesters of Spanish language or the equivalent are required). However, once admitted, all students enroll in language courses and/or courses taught in the host language. Enrollment in courses not taught in English at foreign universities have language requirements.

Is there a GPA requirement?

A 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission to SU center-based programs. A 3.0 minimum GPA is required for enrollment in courses at foreign universities and for all World Partner programs. For some limited-enrollment programs (such as drama or design in London), the minimum GPA may be higher than 2.5, and priority enrollment may be given to those with a GPA of at least 2.75.

How will my judicial record affect my ability to study abroad?

As part of its admissions procedures, SU Abroad reviews each applicant's judicial standing. For Syracuse University students, this review is completed in cooperation with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Visiting students must submit a completed Study Abroad Approval Form either confirming the absence of or disclosing a student's judicial record. To be eligible for SU Abroad programs, students must not be on disciplinary probation (or campus equivalent) during their time abroad and/or have any outstanding judicial sanctions. Detailed information about the SU Abroad judicial standing requirements can be found here.

Does SU Abroad give scholarships and grants?

For SU students, SU Abroad works with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. There are need-based grants, and named scholarships available for SU students. Visiting students should check with their home study abroad offices for institutional grants that apply. All students should visit the Cost & Aid section of our website for more information.

What do I do once I'm accepted to an SU Abroad Program?

The "Accepted Students" section of our site will walk you through the process. The most important steps you can take right away: start applying for your visa (should you need one), and begin completing your post-acceptance forms.

What if I have more questions?

That's completely normal! You can call SU Abroad at (315) 443-3471 or toll-free 1 (800) 235-3472. SU Abroad is also available via email at suabroad@syr.edu, or on Twitter @SUAbroad.

Any of these options will put you in touch with a staff member who will be able to help.