International Student Services

Suffolk is an American institution with a global outlook

At Suffolk University, you can experience 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 students come from outside the United States, and we are experts at helping students acclimate to their new home away from home.

Here, you will have more than 60 degree programs to choose from. Many of the faculty who will teach and mentor you hail from countries around the world, and bring a wealth of perspectives, experience, and ideas to enrich your education. You will learn outside the classroom as well, in internships, volunteer positions, and co-curricular activities that will connect you with life, business, and people all over the Greater Boston area. 

International Student Resources

Suffolk’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) is the main resource for our international community. The ISSO serves as a key resource to the Suffolk community in the following areas:

  • Advising international students, scholars, and departments on immigration procedures and issues 
  • Assisting students and departments with integration and cross-cultural communication 
  • Developing and sponsoring programs for international students on topics including immigration, adjustment to American society and culture, academic matters, and university resources
  • Working with departments on inviting and hiring international scholars

Student Clubs and Organizations

One of the best ways to meet new friends in a new country is to get involved in a club. Suffolk has more than 80 student-run clubs and organizations, including these cultural affinity groups. Learn more here.

  • African Students Association
  • Armenian Students Association
  • Asian American Association
  • Black Student Union
  • Cape Verdean Student Association
  • Caribbean Student Network
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Chinese Student and Scholar Association
  • Hellenic Association
  • International Student Association
  • Italian-American Student Union
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Project Nur
  • Saudi Students Association
  • Russian Speakers Association
  • South Asian Students Association
  • Suffolk University Hispanic Association
  • Vietnamese Student Association

Photos from our 6th Annual International Night!

Meet our Students

Learn about what makes Suffolk University special from the people who know best: Suffolk students.

"In the beginning, I was very excited to come to another city, to live there alone. It was a bit scary, but after that, I got used to it and it was fun."
Rayan Aljelaly Saudi Arabia

"Studying in the heart of Boston has given me opportunities I wouldn't have found anywhere else."

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Yasir Batalvi Canada
"With such a diverse student body and faculty, I can assure you that there is something or someone here that welcomes you for who you are."
Brittania Moodie Jamaica

"My time at Suffolk has shaped me into the individual I had hoped to become—an individual who would make my family proud.”

Enuamaka Mkparu Nigeria

"Suffolk gave me not just a quality higher education, but also the experience of the city and all the career opportunities it has to offer."

Andrea M. Gonzalez Costa Rica

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