International Exchange Students

There are some specific instructions for international exchange students who want to apply to Suffolk University. Follow the steps below and get started on your education today!

1. Obtain an Immigration Document

Suffolk's International Student Services Office (ISSO) will issue your immigration document (DS-2019). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. The ISSO will mail this document via courier service to the address listed on your Suffolk application. Please mail a complete Certificate of Finances [PDF] and a Bank Statement to the Center for International Programs and Services.

2. Apply for the Student Visa

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa.

3. Determine Housing

Students who wish to live in Suffolk's residence halls must submit a $600.00 deposit. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will contact students who submit a deposit with information regarding the University-sponsored housing questionnaire and housing assignments.

Students who do not wish to live in Suffolk's residence halls should plan to arrive in the U.S. at least one week prior to orientation in order to locate suitable, affordable housing. Suffolk's Off-Campus Housing Office can assist students in their housing search.

Note: Housing may be available for undergraduate exchange students. Housing is not available for graduate and law exchange students.

4. Submit Required Health Forms

Suffolk University automatically enrolls students in the Suffolk University Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). You may choose to use the SSHIP or waive health insurance in favor of your own. Please note: You must have health insurance to study at Suffolk University.

To activate your SSHIP account or waive enrollment, follow the instructions laid out by Suffolk. The deadline to activate your account or waive enrollment is February 10th.

All international students must also submit their immunization records to the Office of Health and Wellness. The deadline to submit these records is February 10th. Take a look at our complete list of required immunizations and documentation.

5. Attend Orientation

Exchange students are required to attend orientation in January.