Program Overview

Syracuse University Summer College, in partnership with The Power of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network, is pleased to offer multiple 2-week program options, allowing each student to tailor a 2 or 4-week experience to match their interests. EducationUSA Academy at Syracuse University offers the ultimate American college experience for international high school students. Students can immerse themselves in the English language and culture while living on the campus of Syracuse University, one of the top 100 universities in the U.S.

Academy participants live in a residence hall with roommates and floor mates from across the United States (typically from more than 30 U.S. states) and the world  (approximately 25 countries). In addition to daily programming coordinated through our Office of Residence Life (and alongside high school students enrolled in other Summer College programs), students have the opportunity to explore local cultural institutions, art and science museums, and state parks; participate in service activities and local cultural events; and travel to tourist destinations such as an amusement park and Niagara Falls.

Summer is a great time for international high school students to come to Syracuse University. The weather is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun is (mostly!) shining. Established in 1870 in central New York State, the historic campus is a 15-minute drive to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR). SYR is less than an hour plane ride from JFK airport in New York City, two hours from Chicago (ORF), and four and a half hours from Miami (MIA).

Listen to former Summer College students, Cinthya and Renzo, talk about their experiences at EducationUSA Academy at Syracuse University!

My dream was to go to the USA and also to become an aerospace engineer. By going to the [Academy] I got to do both.  Syracuse Summer College EducationUSA student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • Gain up to 30 hours per week of academic-focused instruction
  • Visit a variety of US college campuses in upstate New York
  • Participate in workshops and opportunities about navigating the college admissions process
  • Explore local cultural institutions, tourist destinations, and recreation venues

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Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements


Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session: Varies by Program*


Credit: Credit and noncredit course are available. Varies by program.*

*View our Programs page for a list of our Summer College 2020 program offerings. 

Eligibility Requirements

EducationUSA Academy at Syracuse University is designed for mature and self-disciplined, international students who are a minimum of 15 years of age, have a commitment to active participation in the Academy and its programming, and at least three years of middle to high school English. This program is for international students only. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

Varies by theme and number of sessions selected. Please browse through our programs and indicate your preference in the application.

Program Requirements

College tours are required for EducationUSA students.

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload. Free time is very limited in some programs.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!