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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

International Student Success

Mission Statement

Collaboratively guide international undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to graduate successfully and be prepared for the world’s employment market or graduate school.

Drop-In Hours

The Advising Center is now offering customized A&S | Maxwell International Students Drop-In Hours to accommodate the needs of our international students who study outside of the U.S. in fall 2020, due to time difference.

Date and Time

  • From Oct. 5 to Dec 10, 2020, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, Eastern Time
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (not available on Fridays or the Thanksgiving break)

How to Join

  • Join Zoom Meeting https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/99667085667?pwd=WUpIOTR3OWF1a0JRS3RObFJrTmxUQT09
    Meeting ID: 996 6708 5667
    Passcode: 747597
  • First come first serve. Students will stay in the Zoom waiting room until the adviser is available.
  • Each drop-in advising is less than 15 minutes, for quick questions.
  • For students who need a longer conversation, please schedule an appointment with your assigned academic and career advisor via the Orange Success.

Outcomes for International Students

  1. Successfully transition into A&S | Maxwell.
  2. Have the ability to analyze college’s academic requirements and expectations.
  3. Be able to utilize resources and opportunities provided by A&S | Maxwell and the University.
  4. Obtain internship/employment opportunities during their undergraduate career.
  5. Be accepted to a graduate program prior to graduation.

First-Year International Students

  • Log in https://blackboard.syracuse.edu with your SU NetID and password.
  • Under “My Organizations Plus,” please select “Pre-Arrival Program-International Freshmen in College and Maxwell.”
  • Click “Content” on the left column and you will see the following folders and files:
    • SU Facts,
    • To-Do List for New International Students,
    • Tutorial Videos,
    • Online Q&A Meetings with Academic Professionals via Zoom,
    • Q&A Parking Lot – Ask any question here.
  • Please watch all tutorial videos and review all documents.
  • Post any questions at “Q&A Parking Lot.” You will receive a response within 24 hours. You can also see other students’ questions and responses there.

Peer Mentor Program

The A&S | Maxwell Advising Center sponsors the International Student Success Peer Mentor program to help incoming first-year and transfer international students successfully transition to Syracuse University. The unit of International Student Success within the Advising Center matches current and incoming students to create a supportive community.

About the Peer Mentoring Program

The Advising Center’s International Student Success Peer Mentor program aims to assist new international students to make a successful academic adjustment to Syracuse University, and increase the engagement and academic achievement of international students.

The unit of International Student Success selects peer mentors through an application and interview process based on a list of selection criteria in March. The selected peer mentors will then be paired with incoming students (approximately six new international students per mentor) in May or as soon as soon as the new international students make a commitment to attend Syracuse University. The unit of International Student Success provides comprehensive training to the selected peer mentors before they reach out to new students. During the summer, peer mentors start to contact new students via virtual tools. In the fall semester, the mentorship group will start to work together and participate in a variety of activities.

This International Student Success Peer Mentor Program serves as a valuable opportunity not only to new students, but to mentors who seek to develop leadership skills and grow professionally.

Learn more about the program and meet the mentors.

Contact Us

For more information, contact casinternational@syr.edu.