Study at Syracuse University Summer College

Summer College was the best two weeks of my life… As a international student, I felt really welcomed not only by the staff, but also by other students!   ~ 2019 Summer College Student from Belgium

For 60 years, Syracuse University Summer College has maintained a rich history of drawing high school students from all over the world; giving them the opportunity to experience college at a traditional American university. Students explore potential careers and college majors while making friends from across the United States and the world. The Summer College population truly reflects the global impact of education.

In 2019, 11% of our students were from 25 countries including:

  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Costa Rica

  • Guinea
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan

  • Kazakhstan
  • Macau
  • Montenegro
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Slovakia

  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine
  • Zimbabwe

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Carlotta Holzle, Summer College student from Germany, 2018

International Student Profile: Carlotta H. from Germany

My name is Carlotta and I was an international student in the two-week Summer College program, Cybersecurity: Hackathon Challenge. The program changed my life. I always knew I wanted to do something with computers, but after this summer I am sure I want to do it for a living. The program helped me to realize that if I want to follow my dreams I must study harder and start to prepare for college already.

I took the two-week program and not only did I learn a lot about the subject, but I also met so many new people, with most I am still in close contact. Furthermore, I got a good idea of what it means to live and organize everything on my own. Syracuse University Summer College gave me the opportunity to experience college life and I loved it. It’s never easy studying in a different country, in a different language, with new people and topics you haven’t studied before but Syracuse made all that possible and I am so glad for what I got to experience.

This summer gave me a lot. I studied hard, got challenged a lot, learned much, got rewarded for it and became a lot clearer over my future. And finally, I’ve never experienced such a feeling of belonging so fast.

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Application Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline for International Students taking a Credit Course: April 1, 2020

English Proficiency Requirements

All international students are required to complete the associated section of the online application. Applicants from countries where English is not the native language are required to provide evidence of English proficiency.

This may include:

  • TOEFL/IELTS scores*
    • Preferred TOEFL Score= 85
    • Preferred IELTS Score= 6.0
  • documentation that the primary language of instruction is English at the school
  • or a phone/video interview with the director of the program**

*A TOEFL/IELTS score is not required if you are attending a school in the U.S., or one outside the U.S. where the language of instruction during your entire secondary schooling has been English and you are demonstrating strong academic performance.

**Phone or video interview requests can be sent via email to or by calling 315.443.5000.

Passport and Visa

Students must also submit a copy of their passport with their application. This can be done online when submitting the electronic application through Slideroom.

A visa is not required to apply. Once admitted, there are specific visa guidelines. Please see the Visas & Documents section below.

Proof of Funds

Once an international student applies to Summer College, the student must show proof of sufficient funding to be able to receive the I-20 forms necessary to secure the appropriate visa.

Acceptable proof includes:

  • For privately sponsored applicants, a signed letter of support from the bank that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements, which indicate that the sponsor has sufficient funds to meet the program costs.
  • The certified bank statement need not show the total amount of funds in the account. Rather, it must state that the account has funds to meet the program costs. A statement of income or earnings does not constitute proof of sufficient funds.
  • Government-sponsored applicants must submit a certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per year, the duration of the award, and a list of expenses covered by the award.


All students are required to upload a full high school transcript in the Slideroom Application. If you are an international student, please ensure that your transcript has been translated into English.

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Scholarship & Aid for International Students

International students are eligible for Syracuse University Summer College’s Merit-Based Scholarship. International students are also eligible for discounts including the Legacy Alumni Discount and Multi-Program Discount. For more information on discounts, view our Scholarship & Discounts page. International students are also encouraged to reach out to their local Embassies to determine if there are any scholarships or aid available.

View all Scholarships & Aid Opportunities Full General Breakdown of Tuition and Fees


Syracuse University Summer College, in partnership with The Power of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network, 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. All international high school students will be placed in EducationUSA. Please note that students still must choose their program.

Learn more about EducationUSA

Campus Life, Safety and Services for International Students

 I had a great time visiting Niagara Falls on the Summer College field trip and I made tons of friends, whom I miss already.   ~ 2019 Summer College Student from Pakistan

The Center for International Services

The Center for International Services is an office on the Syracuse University campus devoted to helping international students, scholars, and their dependents. The staff and programs at the Center help international students with the transition to life at Syracuse University.

Activities and Residence Life

Summer College students live like college students while on campus. They live in the residence halls among their roommates and floor mates. The Summer College office also provides various field trips, activities, and events to further the connection with students outside the classroom.

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Dining and Meal Plans

Every Summer College student receives a meal plan to eat at the dining center while on campus. Each dining hall strives to offer meals to match any dietary restrictions. This includes Halal, vegan and vegetarian menu options, and more.   For questions regarding special dietary needs such as food allergies, vegetarian and vegan, issues, or general nutrition questions pertaining to meal plans, call Ruth Sullivan, MSEd, RDN, CDN,  at (315) 443-9884 or email her at to or

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Health and Safety

The Summer College office strives to provide care and support to all pre-college students through Syracuse University Health Services, Department of Public Safety, and additional campus resources.

Health Insurance for International Students

All international students who attend Syracuse University Summer College will be provided a necessary health insurance plan through Syracuse University Summer College, free of charge. This health insurance is only valid during a student’s time Syracuse University Summer College.

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Admitted International Student Responsibilities

Visas and Documents

If you are taking a noncredit program:

International students enrolled in noncredit programs do not qualify for F-1 immigration sponsorship. International students taking noncredit courses are encouraged to enter the United States in a temporary visitor status that allows for participation in a short, noncredit, course of study. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 “Visitor for Pleasure” visa to enter the U.S. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should obtain ESTA clearance and enter the U.S. in WT “Waiver Tourist” status.

If you are enrolled in a credit program:

Unless you already have an appropriate visa which includes the provision of academic study, Syracuse University will issue you an I-20 document that you will need in order to apply for your F or J Student Visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate. You can expect to receive your I-20 approximately three weeks after making your deposit online. Note that as an international student taking a credit-bearing course, you are not permitted to attend Summer College on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa.

Once you arrive on campus, if you are issued the F or J Student Visa, you MUST check-in to the Center for International Services. This should be done on the first Monday to the start of your program at 4:30pm EST. 

  • Arriving Saturday, June 27? Check in at the Center for International Services on Monday, June 29 at 4:30pm EST
  • Arriving Saturday, July 11? Check in at the Center for International Services on Monday, July 13 at 4:30pm EST
  • Arriving Saturday, July 25? Check in at the Center for International Services on Monday, July 27 at 4:30pm EST

Required Actions

Please refer to the Admitted Students page to see other necessary tasks that you must complete before you arrive on campus.