Post-Acceptance Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to Syracuse University Abroad! Here are the next few steps to complete as you prepare for your study abroad experience:

  1. Make sure you are checking your syr.edu email address every day. Syracuse Abroad staff expects that you will receive and read email in a timely manner. Your failure to receive and read communications delivered to your official syr.edu email address in a timely manner does not absolve you from knowing and complying with the content of such communications.
  2. Secure your place in the program by paying your advanced payment.
  3. Complete all post-acceptance forms by logging back into the application system and checking your dashboard for incomplete items.
  4. Obtain or renew your passport, if needed. Visit the State Department website  for more information on the passport application process.
  5. Visa (if applicable): Apply for your student/travel visa. Please follow your admissions counselor’s instructions and read our passport and visa information.
  6. Meet our Global Ambassadors. The best way to understand what to expect when you are abroad is to talk to someone who has already participated in the program.
  7. Financial aid: Visiting students should add Syracuse University (code 002882) to their FAFSA filing to be considered for financial aid. More information regarding grants and scholarships is available here.
  8. Complete your student advising form, which is due within two weeks of receipt of the academic packet.
  9. SU students: If applicable, cancel on-campus housing for your semester abroad. You must cancel housing for the fall semester by July 1 and spring semester by the last week in November.
  10. Join the Facebook group for your center – your admissions counselor will email you an invitation to join.
  11. Review your health insurance plan. Make sure it provides adequate coverage while you are outside of the United States.
  12. Follow your counselor’s instructions to purchase a flight. Information will be emailed to you after your acceptance.
  13. Claim your free New York Times subscription! All center and summer students receive a one-year subscription to the New York Times. You will receive an email at your syr.edu email address telling you how to active the subscription. You can also follow the steps below to activate your access:
    1. Visit NYTimes.com
    2. Click Log In
    3. Enter your SU email address
    4. Click Forgot Password and set up a password.
    5. If you have already set up a free registration on NYTimes.com with your SU email address, you should just log in to NYTimes.com to activate access.
  14. Fall semester students only: If you are overseas in November and won’t be home to vote in a local or national election, you can make arrangements to receive an absentee ballot. Check with your local election board if you have questions about the procedure you must follow.