Admission for International Students

Come to Suffolk and experience the best of Boston

Take advantage of new learning experiences in a world-class city steeped in culture, history, and commerce. Located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, we are in the center of it all.

Attend college in the United States at Suffolk University for unique, real-world experiences, a clear path to your goals, and new connections that will last a lifetime. Experience internships and real-world learning, or take part in a multitude of undergraduate, graduate, part-time, summer, and certificate programs. Suffolk University's international students have the city of Boston, and the world, at their fingertips.

Our International Student Services Office (ISSO) is the main resource for our international community, here to assist you with visa requirements, travel, employment, and more.

COVID-19 resulted in many changes for higher education students, and the guidance from SEVP for international students has evolved throughout the pandemic. Please carefully review the FAQs below for information about current immigration guidance and the upcoming semester at Suffolk. If you have additional questions, please contact the International Student Services Office.


The normal, pre-COVID rule states that international students may only take one online course while studying in the United States.

In March 2020, SEVP released new, temporary guidance permitting schools to adapt their policies and procedures to rapidly changing health and safety conditions.

During the pandemic, SEVP allowed F-1 students to temporarily take more than one online from inside or outside the United States.

No. In May 2022 SEVP updated the guidelines to return to pre-pandemic rules for certain students, depending on when they began their studies.

Suffolk will be returning to pre-pandemic guidance for all direct-enroll International students. This means that if you are enrolling, or are enrolled, in a Suffolk degree program, you may take one online course.

If you are enrolled in an Academic English or Pathway program, like INTO Suffolk, you are not eligible to take online classes.

A Look at Suffolk's International Community