With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, SUNY Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study, yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other as well as with the university’s distinguished faculty.
SUNY Oswego emphasizes quality education and experience inside and outside the classroom on its scenic, 690-acre lakeside campus. Students pursue bright futures through programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education — as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors to the future with internships and study-abroad opportunities that rate among the highest in the SUNY system.
An overview of essential facts and information about SUNY Oswego for international students is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. An outline of estimated costs and scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year is available here.
Interested in learning more about SUNY Oswego from an international student’s perspective? Be sure to check out this video on the international student experience at Oswego or request to be put in touch with one of our international student ambassadors.
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English as a Second Language Program and Services
Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?
Yes! SUNY Oswego offers semester-long (15-week) Intensive English Programs (IEP) in fall and spring, as well as 3-week and 6-week summer programs. Conditional admission to a degree program at SUNY Oswego is available. Click here to learn more and apply.
Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?
Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?
Yes. Several English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are available each semester for students who are required to (or would like to!) improve and develop their academic English language proficiency skills. View available courses here. Students needing additional English preparation will be advised and placed accordingly. Those who score below the minimum full admission requirement are encouraged to enter into the university’s Intensive English Program (IEP).
International Student Housing Options
On-campus living at SUNY Oswego provides students with ready access to academic as well as social events and organizations that are a vital part of the liberal arts college environment. First-year students are required to live on-campus for 2 years, transfer students for 1 year, though it is possible to apply for an exemption in certain circumstances.
Many international students choose to live in the Hart Hall Global Living & Learning Center – a unique residential community dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility within a global context. Students may alternatively choose to live in more traditional residence halls. A full list of SUNY Oswego’s residential communities can be found here.
SUNY Oswego has formed relationships with over 60 different exchange partner institutions worldwide. Please contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full list of partner universities.
SUNY Oswego maintains transfer agreements with the following institutions:
- Donghai University
- Shandong Normal University
- Shanghai Normal University
- Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
- Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Program
- Fulton-Montgomery Community College
In addition, SUNY Oswego partners with two pre-university programs:
First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students
First year students must submit their SUNY or Common Application, official transcripts, and proof of English proficiency as part of their application for admittance to SUNY Oswego. A minimum English proficiency score of either 72 iBT TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS is required if the student’s native language is not English. Exceptions may be made for students who attended secondary school entirely in English. Other English language programs and exams may be accepted as well. All applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale. Learn more and apply now.
NOTE: Students transferring from another college or school within the USA may not be required to provide English proficiency scores as part of their application for admittance to SUNY Oswego. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about transferring to SUNY Oswego.
For graduate students, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required for admittance to the university; however, the MBA programs require 83. The minimum grade for IELTS is 6.5 for admittance into all graduate programs. Two letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application process. Learn more about applying to Oswego as a graduate student.
NOTE: Undergraduate students who do not meet the minimum requirement for English language proficiency may consider conditional admission to a degree program at SUNY Oswego through the university’s Intensive English Program (IEP).
Estimated fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year are as follows:
- Undergraduate tuition and fees for international students: $18,220
For a total of: $33,902 estimated cost of attendance per year before scholarships
- Graduate tuition and fees* for international students: $18,231
For a total of: $34,537 estimated cost of attendance per year
- *Tuition and fees for the MBA graduate program are slightly higher at: $19,868 per year
For a total of: $36,174 estimated cost of attendance per year
Scholarships available to international students:
All undergraduate international students – both first year and transfers – are eligible for the Destination Oswego Scholarship of $6,000 – $9,000 per year, renewable for 4 years. In addition to this, first-year students who have taken the SAT/ACT may also be considered for several merit-based scholarships. International transfer students may qualify for a Transfer Achievement Scholarship of $1,000, renewable for one year.
Graduate assistantship opportunities are available for all matriculated graduate students.
Click here for a full list of estimated costs, fees, and scholarships for international students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Student Activities and Campus Life
With over 200 different clubs and organizations on campus, SUNY Oswego students have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends, share their interests with others, develop their resumes, and get involved in the community. In addition to the many academic clubs available on campus (like Arts Alive, the Business Management Club, and the Computer Science Association, to name a few), international students may also be interested in: