Foreign Semester Exchange Students

Our Semester Exchange Program welcomes law students from foreign partner institutions to come and study with us at Syracuse Law!

Semester Exchange and Visa Application

Upon inquiry to Syracuse Law, you will receive an Exchange Student Application which seeks to collect information that will allow us to build your student record in our system and plan for your arrival. The application also asks that you identify courses you plan to enroll in during your semester of study with us. You may review relevant academic calendars and course schedules on our website. (Note that course schedules may become available later if not presently shown.)

You will need to obtain an F1 student visa during your semester of study with us. The Exchange Student Application also collects information that our Slutzker Center for International Student Services will use to generate your I-20 student visa document. 

Our School and Our Community

Syracuse Law is one of 11 schools and colleges at Syracuse University. The law school enrolls approximately 600 J.D. and LL.M. students; and the university enrolls approximately 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We are located in Upstate New York approximately 1-1.5 hours by plane from major cities along the East Coast such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The “University Hill” is located adjacent to our commercial downtown area with restaurants, coffee shops, and commercial businesses. This short video provides a new overview of the City of Syracuse.

The College of Law was founded in 1895. We are now housed in Dineen Hall, our new and beautiful building which opened in August of 2014. I encourage you to view our new ‘Explore Dineen Hall video.   

Academic, Course Registration, and Course Options

All semester exchange students must have completed a minimum of two (2) full years of coursework at his/her foreign home institution and must be in good academic standing. 

You will register for courses when you arrive to Syracuse Law before the start of your semester. You will be required to enroll in ‘Legal Writing for International Students’ (2 credits) which is a requirement for our international LL.M. program.

Semester exchange students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits in order to be considered ‘full time’ and in compliance with your student visa requirements. You may enroll in any courses where enrollment is open with the exception of those courses/sections identified on the course schedule as Legal Communication & Rhetoric I, II, and III; Clinics; Semester in D.C. Externship; and Special Activities. 

Syracuse Law offers over 100 different courses ranging from subjects in doctrinal law (Torts, Contracts, Property, etc.) to upper-level electives in Bankruptcy Law, International Business Transactions, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, etc. We have particularly strong concentrations in national security and counterterrorism law, technology transfer law, disability rights law, commercial and corporate law, and human rights law. Here are full course descriptions.

You will received grades for courses taken at Syracuse Law as either letters grades (A, A-, B, etc.) or on a “pass/fail” basis depending upon the preference of your home institution. 

Cost of Attendance during Your Exchange Semester

As a semester exchange student coming to Syracuse Law under a partnership agreement with your home institution, you will not be required to pay tuition to Syracuse Law. However, you will be required to pay mandatory semester fees to the University and the College of Law. You will also be responsible for your own living expenses related to costs like books, housing, personal allowance, etc. An estimated cost of attendance will be sent to you with your Exchange Student Application.

In order to obtain your I-20 student visa document and commence the student visa application process, I will eventually need to obtain from your Proof of Financial Support documentation. Acceptable proof for privately sponsored applicants is an original signed letter of support from the sponsor that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements indicating funds sufficient to cover at least the student's semester of fees and living expenses. For government-sponsored applicants, acceptable proof is an official or certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per semester and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.

All semester visiting exchange students are strongly encouraged to have comprehensive health insurance coverage during their semester of study with us. Our health insurance website provides full details on the coverage options available.

Housing and Orientation

Syracuse Law will provide semester exchange students with guidance in locating off-campus housing during your semester of study with us. Unfortunately, Syracuse University does not provide student housing to visiting, graduate, or law students. However, there are a variety of resources available to assist in one’s search for housing. 

Upon your approval to come to Syracuse Law for a semester exchange, we will provide you with our housing and arrival resources guide along with additional information that will be helpful to you in planning for your time in Syracuse.

There will be a mandatory orientation for all students before the start of each semester. More details regarding your arrival and enrollment will be sent to you in subsequent message, so please continue to read our emails. 

Once approved for study as an exchange student, you are encouraged to review the Pre-Arrival Checklist for Visiting Semester Exchange Students and follow the steps provided to ensure a smooth transition to Syracuse Law.