The Center for International Services hosts student programs to help make the most of your student experience. You have the chance to connect with fellow students through our various programs, build intercultural understanding, and celebrate the richly diverse student body at Syracuse University.

Joining Connections is free! Click here to register for the program and be assigned a Mentor.

Connections is a mentoring program open to all first year (freshmen, transfer, exchange) and second year undergraduate international students. It connects current Syracuse University students (Mentors) with international students (mentees). Mentees can be those students studying here on a visa or international students who have had extensive time abroad, such as growing up in another country.

The Mentors are experienced students who can give advice about important topics to new students, such as settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, connecting with professors, and balancing academic work!

The Connections Program also offers special access to events for its participants, such as: trips around upstate New York, game nights, pumpkin carving, bubble tea social, cultural celebrations, free individual tutoring through CLASS, and much more!

Benefits:

  • Meet other international students and make friends
  • Valuable connection with your Mentor to make you feel welcome, great resource to help answer questions
  • Priority access to a variety of social and academic events to help you succeed at Syracuse
  • Add membership of our program to your resumé
  • Opportunity to connect with other SU organizations and staff, including discovering possible leadership or employment opportunities
  • Students can also still be part of other mentor programs at Syracuse

If you have any questions, please email Yu Hsun (Ariel) Peng at ypeng20@syr.edu

The Mentors

Meet the 2021-2022 Mentor team!

We select Mentors carefully through a hiring process in the spring semester based on various criteria, and provide comprehensive training to Mentors before the academic year starts. This is a beloved student leadership position opportunity to help Mentors grow professionally and to highlight on their resumé. We plan to hire new Mentors for the 2022-2023 academic year during the spring 2022 semester.

Mix It Up is an initiative to further inclusion and intercultural understanding at Syracuse University. This event is committed to embracing all groups in the student body, providing them with a welcome and comfortable space for dialogue, creating opportunities for students to engage with others on various topics in a small group setting. Discussions explore identity, intercultural communication, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of fellow students. We offer participants a free meal and space for great conversation.

Click here to register for our next Mix It Up on Friday, November 12 at 5:00pm!

Be a Facilitator!

Our Mix It Up Facilitators are volunteer SU students, staff, or faculty that lead the discussion component with a small group of students. Facilitators focus on making all students in their group feel welcome, enjoy the meal together, and assist with asking discussion questions. Facilitators help to make sure everyone in their group has equal speaking time.

Interested in being a Facilitator? Contact international@syr.edu

Benefits of being a Facilitator:

  • Make great connections with other students
  • Gain leadership and facilitation skills
  • Highlight the position on your resumé, can use us as a reference
  • May be able to use this role to fulfill service requirements from another organization
  • Enjoy a free meal and great atmosphere!

The English Conversation Group program promotes friendship and understanding between our English-speaking Group Facilitators and international students, scholars, and spouses. It provides participants an opportunity to practice and improve their English language skills through informal conversations. This program was founded in 1987 by our beloved Riet Dekleermaeker.

Conversation groups usually consist of four to five international students and an English-speaking Group Facilitator. Groups meet for approximately one hour once a week for the semester.

Please complete this form to signup to join an English Conversation Group. Contact Janae Jeran at jjeran@syr.edu with questions or for more information.

Be a Group Facilitator!

Our English Conversation Group Facilitators are volunteer SU students, staff, or faculty who are fluent in English and lead their weekly group of students. Facilitators focus on making all students in their group feel welcome and assist with guiding questions and discussion topics. Facilitators help to make sure everyone in their group has equal speaking time.

Interested in being a Group Facilitator? Contact Janae Jeran at jjeran@syr.edu

Benefits of being a Facilitator:

  • Make great connections with international students
  • Gain leadership and facilitation skills
  • Highlight the position on your resumé, can use us as a reference
  • May be able to use this role to fulfill service requirements from another organization, such as the Honors College

In partnership with the LGBTQ Resource Center, we host a new space for international students identifying as LGBTQ+ to make connections and find community. For this group, we define “international” as a fluid identity: we welcome students studying here on a visa, and those who have an address in the U.S. but live or have spent extensive time outside the U.S. (e.g. U.S. citizens, undocumented, etc…).

Our next event will be in early October (date to be announced soon).

Contact us at lgbt@syr.edu or international@syr.edu with any questions.

This new tradition is a large-scale showcase of cultural traditions and talents from our student body. This event is a cross-collaboration among numerous student organizations celebrating cultural enrichment among the Syracuse community. Check out The SU Globalists for an article on the first International Festival in November 2019.

International Services provides participating student organizations with a budget and resources to host a variety of traditional food and activities at the International Festival each year.

The next International Festival is scheduled to take place in the 2021-2022 academic year. Check back later for more information!

This annual Syracuse University event is a beloved tradition among international students. The celebration is an opportunity to share North American Thanksgiving food and traditions with people from around the world. This event dates back to 1982 in Hendricks Chapel and was founded by Dr. T.E. Koshy. It has been held at Syracuse University every November since, except for 2010-2012, and brought back by Chancellor Syverud and Dr. Chen in 2013.

The 37th International Thanksgiving Celebration will be on Thursday, November 18, 2021. International students will receive more information in the Fall semester.

Past Event Coverage:

Past Event Photos:

Navigate to Syracuse Collage Website, type “Thanksgiving” in the search, and view event photos from 2010 and 2016-2019!

A beloved tradition, Orange Dialogue gives international and domestic undergraduate students a robust weekend retreat experience. In partnership with Barnes Center Recreation, this interactive adventure offers students a chance to connect with themselves and each other on a deeper level. Students are given an opportunity to gain cross-cultural communication skills and conflict management training with experts from the SU Maxwell School’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), while engaging with peers on a variety of exciting outdoor recreational opportunities. Participants work together to engage in student-driven dialogue about the needs, concerns, fears, and hopes of their present day lives, nations, and societies.

Orange Dialogue is scheduled to return in Spring 2022. 

Phi Beta Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter Syracuse University is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education and intercultural engagement in the community. This honor society recognizes undergraduate (must have a 3.4 GPA) and graduate students (must have a 3.7 GPA), including students who study abroad, as well as faculty and staff involved in international research or commitment. Executive board members from Phi Beta Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter Syracuse University select nominees for recognition based on their academic performance and/or commitment to internationalization on campus.

We are seeking nominations and accepting applications from individuals on campus who contribute to international awareness and engagement for 2020 membership.

Application Form (Word Doc)

2020 Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony

Date: Postponed to Fall 2020
Questions? Email the Center for International Services.

Learn more information about the International Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and its chapters around the world.