New Financial Aid Awards for 2021-22 Programs

Syracuse Abroad is excited to announce the addition of $1.4 million in scholarship and grant funding! We are reinvigorated by our University’s commitment to the field of international education and to the support of both Syracuse University students and students studying abroad with us from outside institutions. These funds help us deepen our commitment to global exploration and aim to help make studying abroad more accessible to students.

With generous support from the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, this $1.4 million in new funds will be awarded to undergraduate students participating in semester programs during the 2021-22 academic year. It will apply to both Center and World Partner programs and is designed to assist students with financial need. Students will also remain eligible for all other existing scholarships and grants. As part of this funding initiative, we will be providing eligible students with the awards outlined below and lowering the admission application fee for fall 2021 semester programs.

New Awards for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Academic Excellence Award: Full-time semester program students with a GPA of 3.7 – 4.0 attending a fall or spring semester will receive an academic excellence award in the following amounts: $1,400 for fall 2021 programs and $650 for spring 2022 programs. The award is automatic, based on cumulative GPA as reported at the time of application to the program.

Need-Based Merit Award: Eligible full-time semester program students with a GPA of 3.0 – 3.69 will receive a need-based merit award in the following amounts: $1,000 for fall 2021 programs and $400 for spring 2022 programs. The award is automatic, based on the combination of qualifying GPA and financial need levels. 

Travel Assistance Grants: Eligible full-time semester program students will receive an award of $850 for fall 2021 and spring 2022 programs. This grant will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid. This grant will be a part of a student’s total financial aid package. Students will need to cover upfront costs of purchasing the flight as these funds will not be disbursed until closer to the start of the semester.

Application Fee Reduction: The application fee for all students has been reduced to $50 for fall 2021 semester programs.

Syracuse University Students

Not entirely sure what you qualify for? Grants and aid are determined by your financial need based on your FAFSA and CSS Profile,  and various eligibility criteria apply.

If you have further questions about discerning your eligibility, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Visiting Students

Students studying with Syracuse Abroad from partner institutions must first add Syracuse University to FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based awards. (Use code: 002882)

Syracuse Abroad announces Fall 2021 Center Program Details

Syracuse Abroad is excited to announce updated programming for Fall 2021 Center programs. At this time, we are optimistic about the future of study abroad and would like to reassure students and the Syracuse University community that we are confidently planning to move forward with fall 2021 programming.

Over the last several months, we have prepared a dynamic set of programs for fall 2021 that include all the stand-out features that make us a leader in the field: enriching coursework and stimulating cultural activities, engaging professors, strong student support, exciting educational field trips, and a myriad of experiential learning opportunities. These strategic program enhancements give students the flexibility to study abroad without upfront visa and flight costs, while still offering a robust experience and memories for a lifetime. While our goal is to move forward with fall study abroad opportunities, our highest priority is the health and safety of our students, and we will continue to review public health and travel advisory guidance leading up to the fall 2021 semester.

Program details at a glance:

  • Most of our Fall Center programs will shift to a later start date, while continuing to meet academic requirements
  • Academic and co-curricular travel will remain an integral part of your semester experience, along with new, expanded travel opportunities within your host country
  • Condensed programming allows for most students to avoid visa requirements*
  • Co-curricular activities and student support at our centers will remain robust
  • Program fees will be reduced and adjusted based on updated programming

Visit our program pages for more details about the fall semester and highlights of each program:

We also encourage students, parents and faculty to learn more about our COVID-19 Center plans. These comprehensive plans have been developed in collaboration with campus experts and public health officials, in line with local regulations and resources. These health and safety precautions provide Center staff and faculty with the knowledge and guidance to keep each program running smoothly and efficiently – with academic, health & safety, and on-the-ground support plans in place.

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*Some fall 2021 programs have visa requirements.

Syracuse Abroad Provides Generous Financial Support for Upcoming Summer Abroad Experiences

Summer 2021 is just around the corner and Syracuse Abroad is ready to revitalize the spirit of summer study abroad at its European Centers. Syracuse Abroad Centers allow students to spend four to five weeks in a dynamic European cultural hub, stay on track academically, boost their resume and gain culturally immersive and hands-on experience in a global context.

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 financial aid, scholarships and grants. Review summer funding opportunities here.

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Our Open Doors ranking captures 1,351 study abroad stories. Here’s one of them.

In this year’s release of the Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education, Syracuse University has been ranked #2 for total student participation in mid-length (semester) study abroad programs for doctoral institutions. This ranking is based on student participation data from the 2018-2019 academic year, accounting for 1,351 Syracuse University students who studied abroad. The ranking reflects the number of students who spent approximately four months living and studying in another country.

During their semester long program, students have the opportunity to live like a local and experience the city as their own. They are able to become ‘regulars’ in their neighborhoods, finding favorite restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Students are fully immersed in their culture by living with host families, building close ties and experiencing local traditions around food, home life, and holidays. Students are also able to conduct work experience with local companies, forming professional relationships with colleagues of a different nationality and generation than themselves. Over 50% of Syracuse students study abroad throughout their college career.

This top ranking, up from #4 last year, showcases Syracuse University’s dedication to study abroad opportunities and global education. Students from all over the world choose Syracuse Abroad for its academic excellence, unique programming and dedicated faculty and staff abroad. As a top-ranked study abroad organization and provider, Syracuse Abroad offers flexible study options, quality academic coursework and innovative experiential learning opportunities so students can build the knowledge and skills to help them succeed anywhere.

Erin Hernandez ‘21 of Syracuse University School of Education reflects back on her time at Syracuse London Center in fall 2019. “Studying abroad in London was an adventure of a lifetime, and studying at the London Syracuse Center provided me with opportunities that I never imagined having, but very much appreciated. During the semester, I enrolled in many interesting classes—most of which centered around spending time outside of the classroom and exploring London. My professors saw the importance of making sure I felt like I knew the history and London culture while I was living there for four months.” 

Erin also looks back on her participation in a Syracuse Abroad Signature Seminar, a 10 day traveling course that provides students with hands-on learning experience, prior to their semester abroad. “One of those classes was a Signature Seminar in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, called Borders in Flux. It was a great foundation to start my semester abroad because it was wonderful to read about a topic the night before, and the next day, talk to real people and get to see where the events I read about on paper took place.”

Erin also had the opportunity to volunteer while on a school organized field trip to Lockerbie, Scotland. “The London Center gave students the chance to visit the Scottish community of Lockerbie, serve as a mentor to local students, and learn more about the significance of Pan Am Flight 103 for both Scotland and Syracuse. This experience demonstrated the resilience of the human spirit and how positive it can be when people come together to honor those who were lost. I meet wonderful people and will forever appreciate the connection I personally have with Lockerbie. These valuable experiences would not have been possible without Syracuse London.”

Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. 

Leading doctoral universities recognized by IIE for total student participation in a mid-length program include the following:

  1. New York University
  2. Syracuse University
  3. Indiana University
  4. University of Wisconsin
  5. Pennsylvania State University

2020-2021 Gilman Scholarship Cycle 1 Recipients

Congratulations to the 6 Syracuse University students who received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for their upcoming study abroad programs in summer or fall 2021! In addition to the 6 recipients, 5 Syracuse students were named as alternates. The total amount received by the students is $28,000, with the average award size being nearly $4,700.

Gilman Scholarships are open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college/university to participate in study or internship programs abroad. We encourage all Syracuse Abroad students who meet the qualifications to apply for awards that can reach up to $8,000.

The deadline for Cycle 2 of Gilman Scholarships will be Tuesday March 2, 2021. Eligible students can apply during Cycle 2 to obtain funding towards a summer 2021, fall 2021, or spring 2022 semester abroad.  Syracuse Abroad and the Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising (CFSA) will hold a Gilman Interest Session on Friday, February 5, 2021 via Zoom (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.), as well as virtual writing workshops leading up to the application deadline.

For more information on Syracuse Abroad programs, students can make an appointment to meet virtually with an advisor.

Our Cycle 1 recipients are:

  • Brianna Gonzales: Spain (semester TBD)
  • Taylor John: China (fall 2021)
  • Arturo Ligai: Kyrgyzstan (summer 2021)
  • Zoe Quinones: United Kingdom (fall 2021)
  • Marel Pryor: France (summer 2021)
  • Ayah Salei: Italy (summer 2021)

Our Cycle 1 alternates are:

  • Shiyu An: United Kingdom (spring 2021)
  • Alexis Chu: Spain (spring 2021)
  • Andrea de Haro: Italy (fall 2021)
  • Ha Sun Paek: South Korea (spring 2021)
  • Emma Purce: Spain (spring 2021)

Abroad@Home: New Spring 2021 online courses

Syracuse Abroad is excited to announce the last-minute addition of spring Abroad@Home online courses offered by Syracuse Abroad faculty from across Europe and Latin America. These Syracuse University courses will be available to Syracuse University students during main campus registration for spring 2021 courses. We encourage students to take advantage of these fantastic offerings taught by our dynamic instructors featuring exciting and timely topics:

The following courses will be taught be Syracuse Florence faculty:

The following courses will be taught by Syracuse London faculty:

In addition, Syracuse Abroad center instructors will also offer the following winterlude 2-week classes online. All of these courses are offered for 1 credit:

We encourage students to explore these courses and consider building connections with our wonderful, dynamic instructors at our centers! As always, all course selections should be reviewed with Syracuse University academic advisors prior to registration.

These courses are open to all Syracuse University students pending any necessary prerequisites.

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.

View all summer 2021 programs:

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.