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Suffolk University, Boston, USA.

Name of the Partner: Suffolk University, Boston, USA.

Nature of Collaboration: Student Exchange & Dual Degree.

General Guidelines

Once all  documents are compiled as per your hosting school or university they are to be submitted to the “Office of the Study Abroad JGBS (OSAJ)” through your programme director (documents to be mailed as a zip file to:

Every new international student of the Suffolk community has a unique set of arrival instructions and immigration tasks based on their status at Suffolk. Find your category below and learn about the immigration steps you can start working on today.

International exchange students coming to Suffolk University are required to satisfy the following protocol: 

1. Obtain an Immigration Document

ISSO will issue your immigration document (DS-2019). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. ISSO will mail this document via courier service to the address listed on your Suffolk application. Please mail a complete Certificate of Finances and a Bank Statement to the Center for International Programs and Services. For a sample certificate visit the link ;

2. Apply for The Student Visa

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa. J-1 Visa Application Instructions, Visit the link ;

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.

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, visit and follow the instructions. 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. For a complete list of required immunizations and documentation, visit ;

5. Attend Orientation programs.

  Exchange students are required to attend orientation in January. 



Orientation for freshmen students.


Orientation for transfer students.


Mandatory International Student Program

8:30AM - 12:30PM in Somerset Hall

ALL new international students are required to attend


University closed - Martin Luther King Day Holiday


First day of classes


Deadline to waive Suffolk health insurance and submit immunization records


University closed - President's Day Holiday

MARCH 12-16

Spring Break

Please remember to take the online math placement exam before attending orientation. Information about this placement exam will be emailed to you.

For Graduate Students:

Mandatory Steps to be followed by the students:

  1. Pay a nonrefundable tuition fee deposit on or before as specified in your acceptance letter.
  2. Submit statement of your financial resources.
  3. Obtain an immigration document
  4. Submit the filled transfer releasing form
  5. Apply for F-1 student visa

For more information and formats visit the following link :

Preparing for Travel:

As you solidify your travel plans, review the information here to make sure you have not overlooked anything important. These resources will help you pack smartly, remember what you need to have with you at the U.S. port of entry, and navigate your way to campus. Immigration regulations allow you to enter the United States no more than 30 days prior to the start date on your F-1 or J-1 immigration document, the I-20 or DS-2019. Students and scholars who plan to live off-campus should arrive a couple of weeks before the term begins in order to allow enough time to locate suitable and affordable accommodations. Students should plan to arrive in Boston in time to settle in and attend orientation sessions held before the beginning of classes. 

Booking your flight:

The majority of students travel to Boston via Logan International Airport. Some international flights arrive at Logan directly, while others - such as flights originating in Asia - stop at a city on the American west coast before continuing on to Boston.

The most common types of transportation from the airport are taxis and the public transportation system called the "T". Taxis can be found at the ground transportation area outside each terminal. Fare to downtown Boston will cost about $35 USD. Shuttle bus #33 picks up passengers in front of the airline terminals and brings them to the Airport subway stop. Take the Blue Line subway inbound to Government Center. Suffolk's campus is located several blocks from the Government Center "T" stop. For return ticket consult the university calendar for holidays and semester dates. 

Departure Check list:

  1. Valid passport.
  2. Valid U.S. visa stamp (Canadian citizens exempt).
  3. Your Immigration Document (I-20 or DS-2019).
  4. Proof of financial support.
  5. Travel insurance to cover health expenses incurred in the U.S. in case of emergencies for any time you will not be insured.
  6. Sufficient funds in U.S. dollars to cover expenses for the first few weeks.
  7. Medical records including record of immunizations (in English); evidence of adequate insurance coverage.
  8. Marriage license and English translation if your spouse will accompany you.
  9. Valid foreign driver’s license and International Driver’s Permit and/or certified English translation. You won’t be able to drive in the U.S. without both documents.
  10. Temporary housing arrangements, including a place to stay the night of your arrival. Do not sign a lease for any property before you see it.
  11. Transportation arrangements from the airport to Suffolk. 

Arriving in the US:

When you arrive in the U.S. you will go through immigration inspection. You will need to present the following items to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) official: 

  • a valid passport
  • a visa document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • a receipt from the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee
  • a valid U.S. visa stamp

Do not pack these items in your checked luggage. Bring these items on the airplane with you. 
The CBP official will enter your information into the online I-94 system. Before you clear immigration, check to make sure you have entered in your correct status: F-1 or J-1. Do not enter the U.S. on a B-1 or B-2 visa.

If you are detained at the port of entry, contact the International Student Services Office immediately. 

Transportation to Suffolk:

After you have picked up your bags at the baggage claim area (and cleared U.S. Customs), you should find the "Ground Transportation Desk." Representatives at this desk can help you arrange for transportation to Suffolk.

Shuttle bus and train services are available from the airport. Suffolk University's site provides helpful information about transportation options once you arrive in the United States. All new international students are required by law to check in with the International Student Services Office by attending Immigration. More information, attend the webinars:

Applications fee & Deadlines:

Deadlines for International Applicants
: Visit:

Estimated Cost of Attendance:

Registration and Transfer of Credits: