Interested Students

What should I know before I apply?

What’s the academic calendar at Syracuse University?

Here’s an example [PDF, 26KB] of a typical academic calendar. Fall semester classes begin in late August and run through mid-December, and are followed by a month-long winter break. Spring semester classes begin in mid-January a run through early May.

What’s the weather like in Syracuse?

Syracuse has warm summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures typically range from 20-32° C (70-90° F) and in the winter range from -17- -1° C (0-30° F). You should be aware that buildings on campus are centrally heated to about 19° C (68° F) so that when you dress for the day during winter, you must actually accommodate a range of temperatures for transitioning from outside to inside. In the winter, most people tend to layer clothing as opposed to wearing one extremely warm outfit. A coat, hat, snow boots, scarf, and warm gloves are a recommended gear for outdoors in the winter, which you can purchase here. You will also want to purchase a warm blanket after you arrive as well. When you arrive in August, it will be warm but the temperatures will get colder starting at the end of October. Snow will begin to fall as early as the end of October and may continue to fall until the end of March or very early April.

What other costs will I incur?


As an exchange student, you must obtain an F-1 visa to enter the United States. Your documentation for the F-1 visa has been prepared by The Slutzker Center for International Services (SCIS) at Syracuse University, the office that tracks your information in the SEVIS immigration system. Before you apply at the consulate for your visa, you must first register on SEVIS and pay the SEVIS registration fee of $200 (this can be paid by credit card). Once you have successfully completed this process, you are ready to visit the appropriate U.S. consulate to make your visa application. Required documentation for visa application includes an acceptance letter, the SCIS visa document, appropriate identification, and other supporting materials as required by the local U.S. consular office or embassy. More information can be found on the Slutzker Center website .

Immigration regulations permit students with F-1 visas to seek on-campus employment, however, they are not eligible for work off-campus. We strongly recommend that you bring enough money with you to cover your period of study. Due to immigration regulations, students with F-1 visas are not eligible for internships either during or after their period of non-matriculated study.


As part of the exchange agreement, you will receive a tuition scholarship for your semester of study. However, you are responsible for paying for the following estimated non-tuition fees. These fees are not covered by the exchange agreement. Please refer to the Syracuse University Tuition, Fees, and Related Policies.

Student activity/co-curricular fee:

  • One semester at SU: $215
  • Two semesters at SU: $429

Health and wellness fee, per semester: $368

Communications fee (if living on campus), per semester: $220