International students

Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts have a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world!

At Syracuse, you will benefit from a wide range of exciting courses and the resources of an internationally recognized research university. As a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), you will have the opportunity to learn from a very accomplished faculty as well as the many visiting artists, scholars, and critics who come to campus. Our students are actively engaged in scholarly research, making art, exhibiting, and performing.

International students make up 10 percent of the total student population of SU. VPA is home to 60 international undergraduate students; 22 percent of our current graduate students are international, and over 30 percent of this year's graduate applicants were from all over the globe, including Bulgaria, China, Columbia, Ghana, India, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey. Our programs are truly international and attract students from around the world.

Because international students are such an important part of our community, SU has a number of offices and programs dedicated to helping you make the transition and have a safe and fulfilling experience in the United States. 

The Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs is home to many international student organizations, including the Chinese Student and Scholar Friendship Union, the Korean Student Association, Asian Students in America, and the Hong Kong Cultural Organization, just to name a few.

Our English Language Institute (ELI) at SU is an option for students who wish to study English and is also available to international students who are offered conditional admission, but need to complete required levels of English proficiency before they are fully admitted to their program of study.

About Syracuse, New York

Syracuse is a mid-sized city in Central New York with a population of approximately 140,000. We are only a few hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto. We are proud of our strong arts community and the many opportunities for students to attend and participate in local art events. Syracuse is home to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Stage, and Everson Museum of Art. Surrounded by hills, apple orchards, and lakes, the city also boasts a large regional farmers' market offering fresh produce, fish, and meats. There are also a number of international groceries and restaurants in the area. Please visit the Syracuse Visitors Bureau to learn more.

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If you are interested in studying in the United States, please consider the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.