Welcome to the 2024 Fulbright Pre-Academic Program at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI)! This summer you will spend 4 weeks in Syracuse, New York learning about American culture, life in graduate school, local history, and the international education network while making friends with other scholars from around the world.

This activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit https://eca.state.gov/fulbright

This activity is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Click the links below to learn more about the program in Syracuse.

Program Dates   Daily Schedule   Next Steps   Contact Information

Summer 2024 Program Dates

Arrival Saturday, July 13th
First Day of Classes/Orientation Monday, July 15th
Last Day of Classes Friday, August 9th


Arrival Information

Please ensure that your final incoming flight comes to Syracuse Hancock International Airport. This means that you will travel through one of the major ‘hubs’ in the United States before taking a connecting flight to Syracuse. Please note that you will need to  claim your baggage, go through customs, and recheck your luggage  at your first airport in the US. When you arrive in Syracuse, someone from the ELI will meet you at the airport and bring you to your housing.

Early Arrivals/Late Departures

Please note, that by Fulbright and university policy, if you arrive before July 13th, YOU will be required to pay for additional nights in the residence hall. Also, you MUST move out of your residence hall by 12PM (noon) on August 10th. No students will be allowed to stay late; hotels can be arranged, but will also be paid for by the student. Please make all travel arrangements accordingly.

Daily Schedule

Classes meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for the entire four weeks. A typical day will be as follows:

8:30 – 12:30 pm

Core Courses: Textual & Oral Communication

2:00 – 3:00 pm SOM (School of Management), Room 411

Cultural Presentation

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Facilitator support at MSQ (Marshall Square Mall)

In addition, there will be optional field trips every weekend of the program. Upon arrival in Syracuse, you will get a detailed calendar of the activities for the entire program. Any changes made to the calendar will be announced via email and the Facebook page.

Next Steps

Please submit the following documents to elimail@syr.edu.

  • The pre-arrival form that was emailed to you
  • A scan of your DS-2019
  • A scan of your J1 visa
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your TOA for your EGSP at Syracuse University

*Please make sure to send the correct TOA for the EGSP

If you have a Facebook account, please join the Facebook group to connect with the other scholars!


You will be living at Washington Arms Residence Hall, just a short 3-block walk from the ELI. You will receive your specific room assignment upon arrival, but your address will be:

621 Walnut Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210

Please note that you CANNOT receive mail at this address. Please use the ELI address for any expected mail: 700 University Avenue, Suite 207, Syracuse, NY 13210.

You will be housed in single rooms. Your room will include a bed (XL twin), desk, desk chair, dresser, and closet.  There are single gender shared bathrooms on each floor, as well as laundry machines. There are shared study and social lounges on each floor. Shaw Dining Hall will be the dining hall you use for all of your meals during the program. Upon arrival, you will receive a linen package containing a blanket, a pillow, pillowcase, a sheet set, and a towel.

Cards & Keys

You will be given your SUID card upon arrival. This will give you access to your residence hall, your meal plan, facilities on campus, the library, and  some campus buses. DO NOT LOSE IT!

You will also get keys upon check-in for your room. Please keep these with you AT ALL TIMES. The doors will lock behind you and it can take a very long time and cost money to get let in again.

Meal Information

You will have a meal plan of 19 meals per week – 2 each on Saturday and Sunday (brunch and dinner and 3 each during the weekdays. You will eat at Shaw Dining Hall for all of your meals. When there have trips outside of Syracuse, you will get boxed lunches to bring on the bus. In Shaw Dining Hall, you will swipe your SUID card and have access to as much as you want to eat at the buffet. There are options for all diets including vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher, and  more.


Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email elimail@syr.edu. The ELI staff will be happy to help you!

David Lind, Director

Olga Oganesyan, Assistant Director

Jackie Monsour, Assistant Director

Kelsey Gillette, International Student Advisor

Jeff Jiang, Global Partnerships Officer