Living and studying abroad is often the most challenging and rewarding experience of a young person’s life. As a parent/guardian, you are naturally excited that your son or daughter will have the opportunity for tremendous academic and personal growth; at the same time we realize you also have concerns and questions about the challenges ahead.
At Syracuse University Abroad, our primary focus is the safety and well-being of the whole student. We have nearly 50 years of experience preparing students to succeed as engaged participants in their host culture. Our staff at home and abroad are proactive in meeting the new challenges of a complex and changing world.
Your student’s journey with SU Abroad begins here with the accepted students page and communication with their admissions counselor. It continues with information updates and pre-departure orientation sessions in various U.S. cities, where students and parents can meet our staff. When your student arrives abroad, our bi-cultural staff and faculty at SU centers conduct an extensive orientation to the host city and the academic program. Throughout the overseas experience, your student will have the support needed to find his or her place in the world.
The SU Abroad center-based programs are each led by a center director - a Ph.D.-educated intellectual and cultural guide for students in their new host country. Most have lived and studied in the United States and abroad, and have extensive experience teaching U.S. students. The staff at each center is also there to support and guide students throughout their semester abroad- to coordinate housing assignments, to give advice on the best place to find a good cup of gelato, to arrange internships and community engagement opportunities, and to organize extracurricular activities designed to enhance the students' semester abroad. Students often develop very close relationships with center staff, who can act as surrogate parents for SU Abroad students.
In Florence and in London, the center staff arranges special weekends for families to visit students and tour their new cities. Florence Family Week occurs once a semester, and London Family Thanksgiving occurs in the fall semester. In each instance, an exciting itinerary is prepared for families - often including behind-the-scenes tour that are only arranged due to the connections of the center staff.
Programs are developed and delivered by SU professors, faculty from local universities, and top professionals in their fields, supplemented by guest lecturers from local experts. SU Abroad has developed extensive contacts with virtually every type of professional institution, and we urge students to take advantage of those relationships during their time abroad.
"Everyone at SU London has been so helpful. It is reassuring to know that such a wonderful program is taking care of my daughter while she is so many miles away and having experiences that will last a lifetime." - Heather M., parent of Spring 2013 London student
"Everyone at SU London has been so helpful. It is reassuring to know that such a wonderful program is taking care of my daughter while she is so many miles away and having experiences that will last a lifetime."
- Heather M., parent of Spring 2013 London student
Download the Guide here (pdf file)
Want to visit your student in London and wondering where to stay, what to see, and where to eat? The Syracuse University London Visitor's Guide can help you out. Compiled by the SU London staff, the guide will help you plan your vacation!
Download the Guide here (pdf file)