Dive into an American education at a university recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the fifth-largest proportion of international students among United States institutions. Nearly one in four Suffolk University students come from outside the United States; we’re experts at helping graduate students like you acclimate to academic and campus life.

We’re proud of our reputation for diversity and inclusiveness in the middle of cosmopolitan Boston, an international academic capital that’s home to around 50,000 students from overseas. Many of our faculty members hail from countries around the world as well, bringing a wealth of perspectives, experience, and ideas that enrich our graduate students’ education.

You’ll need to do a few things before arriving on campus for our welcome event just for international students: 

  • Make your deposit
  • Submit your statement of financial resources
  • Receive your immigration document (We’ll fill out the I-20 paperwork for you!)
  • Complete a transfer release form (if you’re a transfer student)
  • Apply for your F-1 student visa

Our International Student Services Office is here to work with you throughout your journey to graduate school at Suffolk. We look forward to welcoming you to our country and to our friendly campus in downtown Boston. 

1. PAY DEPOSIT

Students admitted to a graduate program in the College of Arts & Sciences or Sawyer Business School must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit by the date listed on your acceptance letter to reserve a place in the entering class. The non-refundable deposit is credited to the tuition bill at the time of registration. 

2. SUBMIT STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Mail a complete Certificate of Finances and a Bank Statement to the Office of Graduate Admission or the Center for International Programs and Services.

3. OBTAIN AN IMMIGRATION DOCUMENT

The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) will issue your immigration document (I-20) approximately 2-3 weeks after receiving your Confidential Declaration of Finances Form or Bank Statement and tuition deposit. The I-20 will be sent to you via courier service to the address listed on your application.  

4. Please fill out the transfer release form if you are an incoming transfer student.

 

5. APPLY FOR THE F-1 STUDENT VISA

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for the F-1 Student Visa. F-1 Visa Application Instructions

SPRING 2017 TIMELINE

DATE ON ACCEPTANCE LETTER Tuition deposit deadline
JANUARY 13 Mandatory International Student Program (all new international students are required to attend)
JANUARY 16 University closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
JANUARY 17 First day of spring classes
FEBRUARY 10 Deadline to waive Suffolk health insurance and submit immunization records