International Student Orientation

New international students at Syracuse University must complete mandatory International Student Orientation requirements in addition to attending Syracuse Welcome, the University-wide orientation. All new International Students must arrive to campus by Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Planning Your Arrival - January 9, 2020

New international students can move into their residence halls beginning Thursday, January 9, 2020. Students must arrive to participate in mandatory international student orientation on Friday, January 10, which includes a required English language assessment exam. If you arrive on or prior to January 9, please plan on making hotel accommodations.

Getting to Campus

Syracuse University is easily accessible by car, plane, train, and public transportation.


Syracuse Hancock International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from campus. There are taxis available at the airport outside the departure gates. 

Syracuse Welcome Airport Shuttle Service

Syracuse University is excited to offer free shuttle service from Hancock International Airport (in Syracuse, NY) on January 9 from 8 a.m. - midnight. If you arrive prior to those times, ride share and taxi services are available at the airport. Please click this link to register for the shuttle service. 

Train and Bus

The William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (RTC) is served by Amtrak, Greyhound, Trailways, and Megabus. The RTC is about a 10-minute drive from campus. Centro buses (city bus) run from the RTC to campus on a regular basis. 


Campus is easily accessible by car and has many options for parking. Please see our parking information page for details on where to park during Syracuse Welcome.

International Student Move-In

International students may arrive in the United States 30 days prior to the start of their program as listed in the I-20 or DS2019.  All undergraduate international students should arrive on campus no later than Thursday, January 9, 2020. New international students can move into their residence hall on that date.

When you arrive in Syracuse, you should proceed directly to your residence hall to check-in, receive your room key and SU I.D. card.  Check-in will be required at the Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019 form
  • Copy of I-94 Arrival Record
  • Proof of health insurance if you are an exchange student

The Slutzker Center will be open on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend to allow you to begin the new student arrival process. 

For more information about other tasks new international students must complete, visit the New Student Checklist