Orientation

The Center for International Services hosts the International Students Orientation for incoming matriculated Undergraduate and Graduate International Students.

The Virtual Welcome Academy is a free, interactive and online series open to incoming undergraduate students that helps them transition to life in the U.S. and at Syracuse University. Wondering what living, studying, dining and travelling is like at Syracuse University? This program covers these topics and more. Plus, connect with fellow incoming Syracuse University students before arriving to campus!

The Virtual Welcome Academy was designed in partnership between Syracuse University and Main Street Virtual Learning (MSVL). MSVL is working together with Syracuse University to bring you the Virtual Welcome Academy.

Through 15 one-hour sessions, students will learn about and discuss topics including living with a roommate, using your meal plan, finding services on campus, working with an academic advisor, and more. Each session is facilitated from the United States and during each one-hour session, you’ll interact with other students who are also coming to Syracuse University.

MSVL will contact each student to determine your availability. Based on your availability, MSVL will create a class schedule and make arrangements with you directly. All student sessions are delivered in English.

The Virtual Welcome Academy is free and open to incomming matriculated Syracuse University undergraduate students. Students must have submitted the Admissions Acceptance Form to participate.

Students must complete this form to register for Virtual Welcome Academy.

Once your registration is confirmed, MSVL will contact you to schedule your sessions. Contact MSVL at predeparture@msvlonline.com or connect with them on WeChat at MSVLHelpdesk.

Note:  The Virtual Welcome Academy is a Pre-Arrival Virtual Orientation.  Upon arrival at Syracuse University you must attend the mandatory International Student Orientation.

Summer 2021 International Graduate Student Orientation dates: 

For our new Graduate international students starting classes in July 2021: see the Orientation schedule below (all times are in EDT). Information sessions will be on Zoom to accommodate students studying remotely during summer. Zoom information will be emailed directly to students via SU email. Social events will be in-person in the Center for International Services at 310 Walnut Place. Click here to register for one or both social events before Friday, July 2.

Friday, July 9

  • 9am-10:15am: Immigration Essentials (Zoom)
  • 10:30am-12pm: Health and Wellness (Zoom)
  • 12pm-1:15pm: Lunch @ 310 Walnut Place
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Public Safety (Zoom)
  • 3pm-4pm: Coffee/Tea Hour @ 310 Walnut Place

    Please continue to check this page for future updates and schedule details. Graduate students should also attend any Orientation or welcome sessions offered by their academic program

    Fall 2021 International student Orientation dates: 

    All international students that are coming to the SU campus for the first time are required to attend International Student Orientation and Syracuse Welcome.

    Complete: International students should register for International Student Orientation activities by completing this form by July 15.

    Complete: International students should navigate the Required Tasks section of the First-Year and Transfer Programs page.

    Orientation Schedule:

    • Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22
      • International student move-in
    • Saturday, August 21
      • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials (Group 1)*
      • 12pm-6pm: Shopping shuttle service
      • 6pm-8pm: Campus tour & activities
    • Sunday, August 22
      • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials (Group 2)*
      • 1pm-5pm: Shopping shuttle service
      • 6pm: Pre-Welcome BBQ
      • 8pm-10pm: International Student Talent Show
    • Monday, August 23
      • 10am-11am: International Student Welcome Session
      • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials (Group 3)*
      • 2pm-4pm: Public and Personal Safety
      • 8pm: Pre-Orientation Grocery Bingo
    • Tuesday, August 24
      • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials (Group 4)*
      • 1pm-2pm: Health and Wellness Resources
      • 3pm-4pm: Counseling and Healthy Relationships
      • 5pm-7:30pm: International Student Welcome Dinner
      • 9pm: Outdoor Movie
    • Wednesday, August 25
      • 10am-12pm: International Student Success Tips
      • 1pm-4pm: Orange Welcome & Information Center
      • 7:30pm: Ice Cream Social
      • 8:30pm: Slice is Right Game Show
    • Thursday, August 26 - Sunday, August 29

    Please continue to check this page for future updates and schedule details.

    *Students will be assigned into groups for Immigration Essentials sessions. Students should go to the Immigration Essentials session for their group only.

    Fall 2021 International Graduate Student Orientation dates: 

    For our new Graduate and Law international students coming to Syracuse campus for the first time: see below for your Orientation schedule (all times are in EDT).  All sessions are in-person. Registration for Orientation is required and due by Friday, July 30: Click here to register.

    Thursday, August 19

    • 6pm: Ice Cream Social

    Friday, August 20

    • 8:30am-3:45pm: Info Sessions (specific session details to be posted soon)

    Saturday, August 21 - Sunday, August 22

    • Shopping Shuttle Services (schedule to be posted later)

    Thursday, August 26

    • New Student Convocation (time TBD)
    • Picnic (time TBD)

    Please continue to check this page for future updates and schedule details. Graduate students should also attend any Orientation or welcome sessions offered by their academic program, as well as TA Orientation for those that will be a TA.


    Airport Pick-Up

    The Airport Pick-Up has resumed for all international students arriving either for Summer or Fall 2021 semesters.

    You must pre-register here.