Syracuse Abroad Spring 2021 Program Updates

Syracuse Abroad, in partnership with University leadership, has made the difficult decision to suspend center study abroad programs for spring 2021. Although every effort has been made to offer students a robust study abroad experience next semester, including modified programs complete with comprehensive Coronavirus health and safety measures, much to our disappointment, we are unable to guarantee the quality global learning experience expected from Syracuse Abroad programs.

We understand how truly disappointing this decision is for students, but remain optimistic and excited about summer and fall 2021 programs. We hope that students who are able choose to participate in these programs, as each of our centers will have exciting new activities, courses, travel and field study opportunities to make these sessions a dynamic and meaningful experience.

Applicants in need of assistance with their spring semester on campus can reach out to the following Syracuse University departments:

  • If you need support finding off-campus housing for the spring 2021 semester, please contact the Office of Student Living, at or 315-443-3637. For on- campus housing, please contact the Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card office at
  • If you need to register spring 2021 courses on main campus or make adjustments to your existing schedule, please contact your assigned academic advisor in your home school/college.

We all at Syracuse University are committed to helping students pursue alternative plans for the spring semester, and hopefully for a future semester abroad.  For more information, students can contact Syracuse Abroad at

Spring 2021 program message

This decision does not apply to World Partner programs at this time. Students attending World Partner programs in the spring should continue to monitor their program’s COVID-19 plans and updates. Syracuse Abroad will inform students of any program cancelations or modifications as they are determined.

Application cycle open for Fall 2021 programs

The application cycle is now open for students who wish to apply to Fall 2021 semester programs. Choose from a wide range of programs, courses and experiences to make the most out of the semester abroad! Students can visit OrangeAbroad to start their application.

Fall 2021 Programs:

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Application deadline is March 15. Program applications are reviewed as they are completed and submitted, prior to the deadline.


  • Schedule a General Advising appointment to learn more about our programs
  • Meet with a Peer Advisor to get their perspective about studying abroad
  • Join a program drop-in session to learn more about specific programs
  • Make an appointment with an International Program Advisor

View our Meet with an Advisor page to get started!


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Syracuse Abroad announces Funding Opportunities for Summer 2021 programs

Summer Program Grants & Scholarships

Syracuse University is committed to making the Syracuse Abroad experience possible for all students. In partnership with ESE and Invest Syracuse, Syracuse Abroad is pleased to provide a variety of assistance options available to students participating in summer 2021 programs, including scholarships and grants listed below.

Summer Grants

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Funding is available for Summer Center programs! Summer grants will be allocated to Syracuse University undergraduate students in medium, high and high plus need categories applying to summer 2021 programs at Syracuse Abroad centers in Florence, London, Madrid and Strasbourg. In combination with need-based financial aid for summer programs available to all students who qualify, undergraduates with the highest need applying to study in one of these locations this summer could receive up to $9,000 in grants.

Summer programs application deadline: February 10, 2021

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Summer Merit-Scholarships

Syracuse Abroad is excited to announce the return of our merit-based scholarship for summer 2021 study abroad programs. Syracuse University undergraduate students with high academic achievement have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of $1,000 merit-based scholarships to participate in our exciting, academically challenging, and innovative summer programs abroad.


  • Undergraduate matriculated Syracuse University student
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher (no exceptions)
  • Must have a completed summer application at the time of submission

How to Apply:

Students will find the scholarship application within their OrangeAbroad Portal after starting an application for a summer 2021 Program.


  • Personal essay (up to 500 words) OR
  • Creative personal statement video (up to 3 minutes)

*Selection Committee will review all applicants after the deadline of January 30 (no rolling admissions review)

Scholarship application deadline: January 30, 2021

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Need-based financial aid

The Office of Financial Aid awards Study Abroad Grants (SAG), based on financial need, that range from $250-$2,000 for 3 credits and $500-$4,000 for 6 credits. Need is determined by the previous academic year’s FAFSA information.

Why choose a Summer program?

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Summer programs are a great way to study abroad without missing a beat on campus. These programs allow you to stay on track academically, boost your resume and gain culturally immersive and hands-on experience in a global context. Next summer, spend 4-5 weeks at one of our Centers, join a faculty-led program for intensive field-study or embark on an internship abroad. During your time, your will immerse yourself in a new culture, earn credit and develop your global identity.

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For questions about summer programs, email Summer International Program Advisors Stephanie Ramin or Myles Chalue.

Applications for summer programs are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted by February 10, 2020.

Application deadline extended for Spring 2021 programs

There is still time to apply! Syracuse Abroad is still accepting applications for select Center and World Partner programs for the Spring 2021 semester. Our Center locations are continuing to offer robust programming, valuable courses and exciting extracurricular activities for students planning on studying abroad.

Center programs accepting applications until November 1:

For more information about Spring 2021 Center programs, view our Program Modifications and Frequently Asked Questions.

Select World Partner Programs are accepting applications until October 15, apply now!

Syracuse Abroad ranked #7 in Study Abroad

Syracuse Abroad has been ranked #7 in Study Abroad, up from #11, in US News & World Report

Table“Syracuse University offers undergraduates a variety of study abroad opportunities, including through the school’s overseas centers and programs with partner institutions. Freshmen interested in the liberal arts can spend their first semester studying abroad through the Discovery Programs in Madrid; Strasbourg, France; or Florence, Italy.” -US News & World Report

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Program alumna attends virtual Global Student Leadership Summit Conference

Nicole Llewellyn ’21 attended the Global Student Leadership Summit Conference hosted by Diversity Abroad in an entirely virtual setting in August of 2020. The conference is intended for students of diverse background who studied abroad to meet, connect and reflect on their experiences. Through hands-on sessions, critical dialog and breakout sessions, students had the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills, meet professionals in the field and embrace diversity through a global lens.

Nicole, a Syracuse Abroad Global Ambassador, attended our Florence Center Engineering program in spring of 2019. She majors in Chemical Engineering and Neuroscience and truly valued her time in Florence. She applied to attend the GSLS and was accepted to attend and represent Syracuse Abroad as our student ambassador.

Hear what she had to say about her conference experience:

Despite the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) being online this year, I believe I not only gained invaluable insight from a diverse group of students and presenters but connected with them through our unique experiences as well. In a matter of three days, we went from strangers to friends, united in how our personal identity shaped our study abroad experience. With in-depth conversations about personal and leadership identity and professional development sessions, I experienced growth as an individual while learning how global experiences can connect people in many ways and open further opportunities abroad.

The first day of GSLS began with a warm welcome from Joelle Tolifero, one of the members of the planning committee from Diversity Abroad, giving all twenty of us participants an overview of the day. Throughout the day, I listened to speakers Jacquis Waters, a member of the planning committee from Columbia University, Cheyenne Boyce, Director of Program Development at the Confucius Center, and Will Baggett, author of bestselling book, “The Blueprint for a Successful Career”. During Jacquis’ session, I was challenged to think critically about my personal identity and what role our identity played while abroad. I not only learned the difference between social and personal identity but how we must break this cycle of socialization of norms by examining our biases, self-educating, and challenging and disrupting. Given our current political and social climate, I considered what I learned in this session to be incredibly valuable and relevant. Cheyenne also focused on identity, but how it plays a crucial role in many conflicts. When core characteristics of your identity are threatened, conflicts may arise and damage relationships between individuals and groups. Yet I learned that determining common interests between two parties is the key to finding creative solutions. Finally, Will spoke about how we can build our professional career, emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence and executive image. So much of our success in the workplace stems from what we can bring using our unique perspective and how we present ourselves both in person and on social media.

On the second day of the conference, Malcolm Glenn, Director of Public Affairs at and former employee at Google and Uber Technologies, spoke about his unconventional career path and how inspiration drove him to take on the jobs he has had and has now. I was struck by how passionately he spoke to us, reiterating that we should pursue what inspires and engages us, and we need to continuously advocate for ourselves. He left us with a very important and powerful statement: “Your worth is not defined by your first role – by any role – you have.” I attended a second seminar with Lily Lopez-McGee, the Director of the Pickering Fellowship Program, who spoke with us about pursuing an international career after graduation. Many opportunities exist to help us achieve our goal to continue life abroad such as fellowships, volunteering, teaching English, internships, and graduate school. Although she spoke of the Peace Corps, Princeton in Africa/Asia/Latin America, and Fulbright, those of which I have heard of before, it was very helpful to hear her perspective and ask specific questions. Using the SMART goals method, I also learned how I can feasibly attain my goals, whatever they may be, by making them specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-oriented.

The last day of GSLS consisted primarily of networking with professionals who had experience working abroad or in government institutions including Fulbright, Peace Corps, and the Bureau of International Affairs. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to speak and ask questions one on one to these accomplished individuals. I learned that many continue to use the skills they learned abroad in their current position, and they gained more confidence by going abroad.

Overall, my experience at GSLS was extremely fulfilling and gave me the time to reflect more in depth about my time abroad. It was an opportunity that I never received before to speak with a like-minded cohort about how my study abroad helped me grow and how I can use what I learned to be a more effective leader and enact change within my community. I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunities this conference afforded me: connecting with people from around the world through open dialogue and listening to a diverse group of speakers in the academic and professional world. GSLS helped me learn more about both my identity and what I hope to achieve professionally, academically, and personally in the future.

-Nicole Llewellyn ’21

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Syracuse Abroad Fall 2020 program updates

All Syracuse study abroad programs for Fall 2020 have been suspended due to the continued likelihood of international travel restrictions for US travelers, and the predicted COVID-19 related impact on experiential programming and overall student experience abroad.

We regret the impact this has on students planning on studying abroad next semester, and we hope that students choose to attend one of our Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 programs instead. All of our centers and partners are already designing exciting new activities, courses and programs to make the spring a robust and dynamic experience.

All fall applicants in need of assistance with their fall semester on campus should reach out to the following Syracuse University departments:

  • Students in need of housing for the Fall 2020 semester should contact the Office of Student Living. Please contact or 315-443-3637 for further assistance. For on campus housing, students can contact the Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card office at or 315-443-2721.
  • Students who need to register for Fall 2020 courses on main campus or make adjustments to your existing schedule, please contact your assigned academic advisor in your home school/college.

For more information, students can contact

New World Partner Program Announced

Syracuse Abroad is excited to announce that the University of Edinburgh has been added to the World Partner roster of approved programs.  In partnership with study abroad provider IFSA, students will receive a high level of pre-departure and in-country support while in Edinburgh and attending the university.

IFSA’s University of Edinburgh Partnership provides students with the opportunity to take courses at the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1583, the University has five main campuses in the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the University. The University has played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual center during the Age of Enlightenment and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North.

Edinburgh is a glorious, historic city dominated by Edinburgh Castle. The city has it  all – beautiful, spacious parks, urban convenience, transportation links to the United Kingdom and Europe, and an unrivaled historical atmosphere. As home to the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh lends itself to the largest arts festival in the world. Edinburgh is also known for its luscious green landscapes, the filming sites for Harry Potter and the Royal Mile.

While studying at the University of Edinburgh, students can take part in a variety of classes and academically enriching opportunities. Areas of study include Archeology, Biology, Classics, Chemistry, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Policy, Psychology and more. Students can even enroll in classes that center around Scotland such as Scottish History, Celtic studies and The Highland Bagpipe. The university consists of over 270 societies and 60 sports clubs including women in STEM, a cappella groups, orchestra and many more. This historic atmosphere lends itself to unlimited opportunities, adventures and discoveries.

The University of Edinburgh is open to students beginning in the spring 2021 semester. Applications are being accepted now until October 1. Students can make an appointment with Deb Goddard or contact her directly for more information at

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