The Center for International Services hosts student programs to help make the most of your student experience. You have the chance to connect with fellow students through our various programs, build intercultural understanding and celebrate the richly diverse student body at Syracuse University.

Upstate New York is a place rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Intro to Upstate New York is a travel program that leads our international students through many wonderful places in Upstate New York and beyond the University campus.

2022 Travel Program Itinerary

  • Corning Glass Museum and Cornell University - March 3, 2022
  • Shopping trip to local grocery stores  - March 27, 2022 - Trader Joe's and Asia Food Market
  • Skaneateles Lake - April 23, 2022
  • Niagara Falls State Park  - Fall 2022 (date to be announced)

Skaneateles Lake Trip Details

Come and let us take you to Skaneateles Lake, one of the cleanest lakes in the U.S. and a Jewel of the Finger Lakes region. Nestled on the shores of the lake, the Skaneateles village has lines of antique shops, arts and crafts stores, restaurants and the historical society where you can gain an insight into the charms of this No. 1 spot on The Oprah Magazine's Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP list.

Registration is required. First come, first serve. Click here to register.

Cost: Free transportation, personal spending on your own.

Date: April 23, 2022 

Departure from Syracuse University: Syracuse University College Place Bus stop at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Return from Skaneateles Lake: Clift Park, Skaneateles Village at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Please keep checking this page for the trip itinerary and other short trips such as the Syracuse Regional Farmer's Market, Downtown Syracuse, and other places of interest in Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York.

The Trips Registration form will be posted here at a later time, and announced in the Center's newsletter and social medial channels.

This new tradition is a large-scale showcase of cultural traditions and talents from our student body. This event is a cross-collaboration among numerous student organizations celebrating cultural enrichment in the Syracuse community. Check out The SU Globalists for an article on the first International Festival held in November 2019.

The Center for International Services provides participating student organizations with a budget and resources to host a variety of traditional food and activities at the International Festival each year.

The next International Festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Goldstein Auditorium from 4–7:30 p.m.

Student Organizations that would like to participate need to register here.

Phi Beta Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter Syracuse University is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education and intercultural engagement in the community. This honor society recognizes undergraduate (must have a 3.4 GPA) and graduate students (must have a 3.7 GPA), including students who study abroad, as well as faculty and staff involved in international research or commitment. Executive board members from Phi Beta Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter Syracuse University select nominees for recognition based on their academic performance and/or commitment to internationalization on campus.

We are seeking nominations and accepting applications from individuals on campus who contribute to international awareness and engagement for 2022-2023 membership.

Application Form (Word Doc)

2022 Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony

  • Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.
  • Place: Hendrick’s Chapel

Questions? Email the Center for International Services.

Learn more information about the International Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and its chapters around the world.

Mix It Up is an initiative to further inclusion and intercultural understanding at Syracuse University.

This event is committed to embracing all groups in the student body, providing them with a welcome and comfortable space for dialogue and creating opportunities for students to engage with others on various topics in a small group setting.

Discussions explore identity, intercultural communication and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of fellow students.

We offer participants a free meal and space for great conversation.


  • Friday, Feb. 11
  • Friday, Feb. 25
  • Friday, March 11
  • Friday, March 25
  • Friday, April 8

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Place: Center for International Services - 310 Walnut Place

Be a Facilitator!

Our Mix It Up Facilitators are volunteer Syracuse University students, staff or faculty that lead the discussion component with a small group of students. Facilitators focus on making all students in their group feel welcome, enjoy the meal together and assist with asking discussion questions. Facilitators help to make sure everyone in their group has equal speaking time.

Interested in being a Facilitator? Contact

Benefits of Being a Facilitator:

  • Make great connections with other students.
  • Gain leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Highlight the position on your resumé, and you can use us as a reference.
  • May be able to use this role to fulfill service requirements from another organization.
  • Enjoy a free meal and great atmosphere!

Joining Connections is free! Click here to register for the program and be assigned a Mentor.

Connections is a mentoring program open to all first-year (freshmen, transfer, exchange) and second-year undergraduate international students. It connects current Syracuse University students (Mentors) with international students (mentees). Mentees can be those students studying here on a visa or international students who have had extensive time abroad, such as growing up in another country.

The Mentors are experienced students who can give advice about important topics to new students, such as settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, connecting with professors and balancing academic work!

The Connections Program also offers special access to events for its participants, such as trips around Upstate New York, game nights, pumpkin carving, bubble tea socials, cultural celebrations, free individual tutoring through CLASS and much more!


  • Meet other international students and make friends.
  • A valuable connection with your Mentor to make you feel welcome and provide a great resource for answering questions.
  • Priority access to a variety of social and academic events to help you succeed at Syracuse University.
  • Add membership of our program to your resumé.
  • Opportunity to connect with other University organizations and staff, including discovering possible leadership or employment opportunities.
  • Students can still be part of other mentor programs at the University.

If you have any questions, please email Yu Hsun (Ariel) Peng at

The Mentors

Meet the 2021-2022 Mentor Team!

We select Mentors carefully through a hiring process in the spring semester based on various criteria, and we provide comprehensive training to Mentors before the academic year starts. This is a beloved student leadership position opportunity to help Mentors grow professionally and to highlight on their resumé. We plan to hire new Mentors for the 2022-2023 academic year during the Spring 2022 semester.

The English Conversation Group program promotes friendship and understanding between our English-speaking Group Facilitators and international students, scholars and spouses. It provides participants an opportunity to practice and improve their English language skills through informal conversations. This program was founded in 1987 by our beloved Riet Dekleermaeker.

Conversation groups usually consist of four to five international students and an English-speaking Group Facilitator. Groups meet for approximately one hour once a week.

Summer 2022 Sessions

During Summer 2022, we will be offering English Conversation Groups in person and over Zoom! Groups will run for 10 weeks starting after Memorial Day, May 30, and ending the first week of August.

Contact Stacy Phelps with questions or for more information.

Complete the student registration form to join an English Conversation Group for Summer 2022. 

Be a Group Facilitator!

Our English Conversation Group Facilitators are volunteer students, staff or faculty at Syracuse University who are fluent in English and lead a weekly group of students. Facilitators focus on making all students in their group feel welcome and assist with guiding questions and discussion topics. Facilitators help to make sure everyone in their group has equal speaking time.

Interested in being a Group Facilitator for Summer 2022? Complete the facilitator registration form.

Contact Stacy Phelps with questions or for more information.

Benefits of Being a Facilitator:

  • Make great connections with international students.
  • Gain leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Highlight the position on your resumé, and you can use us as a reference.
  • May be able to use this role to fulfill service requirements from another organization, such as the Honors Program.

A beloved tradition, Orange Dialogue gives international and domestic undergraduate students a robust weekend retreat experience. In partnership with Barnes Center Recreation, this interactive adventure offers students a chance to connect with themselves and each other on a deeper level. Students are given an opportunity to gain cross-cultural communication skills and conflict management training with experts from the Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), while engaging with peers on a variety of exciting outdoor recreational opportunities. Participants work together to engage in student-driven dialogue about the needs, concerns, fears and hopes of their present day lives, nations and societies.

Orange Dialogue is scheduled to return in Spring 2022. 

This annual Syracuse University event is a beloved tradition among international students. The celebration is an opportunity to share North American Thanksgiving food and traditions with people from around the world. This event dates back to 1982 in Hendricks Chapel and was founded by Dr. T.E. Koshy. It has been held at Syracuse University every November since, except for 2010-2012, and brought back by Chancellor Syverud and Dr. Chen in 2013.

The 37th International Thanksgiving Celebration will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. International students will receive more information in the Fall 2021 semester.

Past Event Coverage:

Past Event Photos:

Navigate to the Syracuse University Collage Website, type “Thanksgiving” in the search, and view event photos from 2010 and 2016-2019!

In partnership with the LGBTQ Resource Center, we host a new space for international students identifying as LGBTQ+ to make connections and find community. For this group, we define “international” as a fluid identity: we welcome students studying here on a visa as well as those who have an address in the U.S. but live or have spent extensive time outside the U.S. (e.g. U.S. citizens, undocumented, etc.).

Our next event will be in early October (date to be announced soon).

Contact us at or with any questions.