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Salem State University

Salem State University (SSU), established in 1854, is located 15 miles north of Boston in the historic and welcoming seaside city of Salem. SSU is a comprehensive, public, accredited institution with a broad range of intensive English, undergraduate, and graduate programs taught by expert faculty. SSU is one of the largest and most diverse of the state universities in Massachusetts. Over 250 international students from 60 countries choose SSU because of the quality of our programs, small class size, and new state of the art facilities, including a new library and learning commons, fitness center, performing arts, center, and dormitories. Numerous student organizations and the Center for International Education also provide support and community throughout your time at SSU.  We welcome you to Salem!

Location: Salem, Massachusetts

Student Population: 7400 undergraduate; 1675 graduate; 85 English language students

Student/Staff Ratio: 15/1

Accreditation: NEASC

Most Popular Programs: Business Administration; Health Studies; Computer Science; Psychology; Biology; Nursing; Education; Graduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Combined BA English/MAT ESOL

Campus Life: There are dozens of student organizations to engage students beyond the classroom: As the hub of international student life, the Center for International Education (CIE), is available for all immigration advice, advising hours, provides access other campus support services such as health and counseling services, academic advising, and campus groups and clubs.

International students are met at the airport and welcomed through a separate orientation session each semester and in the summer. From welcoming new students at the airport to visa and immigration support, CIE is here to help international students from the day that they arrive until they apply for CPT or OPT opportunities.

The area also hosts regular activities to engage students and give them a community of friends and mentors. A few of these are:

The weekly International Coffee Hour is a great place for international and domestic students, scholars, faculty, and staff to socialize with each other and meet new people from around the world.

The International Peer Mentor Program is an integral part of welcoming first-year international students to the Salem State University campus. This program connects current Salem State students with incoming international students to enrich cross-cultural experiences and assist in adapting to a new environment with a different academic system. Our peer mentors are a mix of current international and domestic students who are passionate about making the transition to Salem State welcoming for incoming students.

International Student Association (ISA) is one of the many clubs on campus that provides social events, cultural events and leadership opportunities. The group is comprised of international and domestic students at Salem State University representing countries from all over the world. ISA fosters international awareness and cultural exchange between all members of the university. They host conferences, culture nights and a variety of co-sponsored dinners and activities.

The International Student Advisory Board serves to bridge the international student community at Salem State to the Center for International Education. By serving on ISAB, international students can gain professional leadership development by representing student voices and experiences. This leadership role shapes the work and services that the Center for International Education provides to give the best experience to our international students.

Recent events sponsored by CIE include:
• Apple Picking in New Hampshire
• Peabody Essex Museum After Dark
• Witch Walk in Downtown, Salem
• Thanksgiving and International Bread Day
• International Education Week

Residential Options: Residence life at Salem State is home to over 2,500 students who reside in six state-of-the-art residence halls. Each of these dynamic learning environments house 300 or more students, include recreational lounges with large screen televisions, pool tables, laundry, vending, and mailrooms. Like the rest of Salem State’s campus, all of the residence halls are tobacco-free. To see a list of the various options, go to:

Typical Annual Total Tuition & Fees: Typical Tuition and Fees:

One semester: $8,728
One academic year: $17,456

One semester: $4,821
One academic year: $9,642

Intensive English Language Program:
One semester: $3,250
One 6 week summer session: $1,625
12-week summer session: $3,250