Academic English Programs for International Students and Law Students

Suffolk University provides many programs to support students' needs in learning or improving their English skills. Support is offered through rigorous English and core content courses, intensive advising, and faculty outreach.

The INTO Suffolk Advantage

Suffolk University works with INTO University Partnerships to create academic entry options and support systems for international students. Our Academic English, International Year One, and Graduate Pathway programs help international students transition to a U.S. degree program. Students enter a fully integrated program where they learn alongside their American peers to earn academic credits toward their Suffolk degree while developing their English skills. Upon successfully completing the Pathway program, students then progress to a Suffolk degree program.

Students receive: 

  • Personalized academic, language, and cultural support
  • Free airport pickup upon arrival in Boston
  • Orientation activities to help them acclimate to Boston 
  • Housing support to help them find the right place to live
  • Tutoring and language support to encourage success
  • Social activities and trips with other students

For more information on each program, please visit these websites: 

Academic English

International Year One

Graduate Pathway

Undergraduate Transfer Program 

Suffolk Law Legal English Institute

The Legal English Institute is open to students who have been accepted into a Master of Laws program at an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school. This program is designed to ensure students have the tools needed to transition successfully to LLM coursework.

This three-week intensive course is designed to introduce you to the US legal system while focusing on the specific language and academics skills you'll need to be successful at an ABA-accredited law school.

Suffolk Law is one of only a few law schools in the country offering a special language program exclusively for LLM students. The Institute is led by an experienced international business lawyer who is also a certified instructor in English for speakers of other languages.

The Legal English Institute runs five days a week for four to six hours a day, covering note-taking, grammar, writing, public speaking, legal vocabulary, and using US legal materials. It's also an invaluable way for you to meet other international LLM students and build your network before the start of classes.

For more information, please go to the Legal English Institute website.