Syracuse iSchool, An International Leader

Each year, the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University educates students from more than 30 countries from all corners of the globe. Many of these students move to Syracuse, New York, to study on the University’s Main Campus. Others opt to enroll in the online version of our graduate degree programs.

The iSchool prides itself on its rich diversity. This is reflected in the range of nationalities of our students; the life experiences and backgrounds of our students and faculty members, our academic disciplines, and the career opportunities available to our graduates.

From faculty research to international study abroad experiences to global collaborations to alumni placement, the iSchool has a strong international presence to complement the extensive international network of Syracuse University.

Research: Making an International Impact

Professors at the iSchool are very dedicated to innovative work that has a positive impact in the world. Our diverse faculty consists of full-time and adjunct professors whose research interests and expertise encompass a wide range of subject areas, including communications, computer science, economics, education, information science, library science, management, political science, psychology, public administration, and telecommunications. Each year, faculty projects receive more than $4 million in external funding from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, as well as the Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, Andrew W. Mellon, and Robin Hood foundations.
Several professors, including Milton Mueller and Lee McKnight, lead the Internet Governance Project, which conducts research on the formation of a global internet governance regime, by studying organizations like ICANN, the non-profit corporation currently responsible for coordinating administration of the web domain name system, and the UN Internet Governance Forum.

The Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), established in 1999, is a social science research center organized to explore the socio-technical infrastructure required to support geographically distributed collaboration and knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries. Led by Professor Derrick Cogburn, this group participates in the annual Globalization Seminar that brings together students from South Africa with students from the United States in an advanced interdisciplinary seminar.

The Information Institute of Syracuse lead by Professor R. David Lankes participates in—and leads many research and development projects with numerous partners, including the Australian Education Office and the Canadian Heritage Information network.
Professor Jason Dedrick’s research focuses on the global distribution of profits and jobs for innovative products such as Apple’s iPod, notebook PC's, and smart phones, looking at what countries benefit the most from innovative production. His recent research is on the global wind energy industry, where he is examining wind energy companies in various countries to determine the distribution of jobs and financial profit.


Syracuse iSchool supports internationalization through travel by faculty, staff, and students to connect with partners, host recruitment events, conduct research, or study abroad.

Resources for International Students

Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services
This is the University clearinghouse for support services for international students, including visas, living and working in the Syracuse area, on-campus and off-campus housing, enrollment, health insurance, and a host of other resources.

Syracuse University Career Services
Information about campus jobs, paid internships, and establishing a career in the United States

Financial Aid for International Students
Information about funding your SU education

Academic Requirements
A list of official academic documentation required by SU to be considered for admission

iSchool Success and Employability Policy for International Students

The School of Information Studies attracts strong students from all over the world. However, we recognize that it can be challenging for international students to perform as well as native speakers in the professional environment.

Because the iSchool is dedicated to support our student’s success and employability, and in this effort it has instituted a course, IST 678 Communication for Information Professionals, that is required for students with TOEFL scores below 100 or IELTS scores below 7.0. It is also customary that these students take an English assessment exam when they arrive on campus. If this exam indicates that this course would not be beneficial, then students will be given the option to drop this course.

IST 678 Communication for Information Professionals is a three-credit-hour course that does not apply to the required credits for your academic program, but does count toward the student’s grade point average. Since the School of Information Studies believes that this course is very important to the academic and employment success of international students, the course is offered as a scholarship course, at no tuition charged to the student.

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