Suffolk University Boston

Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian research university located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States. With 10,192 students (includes all campuses, 8,891 at the Boston location alone), it is the eighth largest university in the City of Boston. It is categorised as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The university's notable alumni include mayors, dozens of U.S. federal and state judges and United States members of Congress.

The university, located at the downtown edge of the historic Beacon Hill neighbourhood, is coeducational and comprises the Suffolk University Law School, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Sawyer Business School.

The Princeton Review recently ranked the Sawyer Business School as "One of Top 15 in Global Management" and its entrepreneurship program is ranked among the top 25 in the U.S. The Princeton Review, also currently ranks some of its MBA programs among the top 50 business programs in the nation. It has an international campus in Madrid in addition to the main campus in downtown Boston.

Important: You must be able to demonstrate you have at least $12,000 per semester in your bank account.

Campus facilities

The main campus in downtown Boston is situated on well-known Beacon Hill, adjacent to the Massachusetts State House and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Up until 1995, Suffolk was a commuter-only school. Today, there are four coed residence halls, housing about 70% of freshman, and a total of 22% of the entire undergraduate population.

The Student Affairs team at Suffolk provides a welcoming, supportive and engaging environment that enriches the academic, social and personal experiences of all students, where the full potential of success can be achieved. Their goal is to empower and develop the multiple facets of the identities of our students (artistic, spiritual, athletic, leadership, academic, etc.), which will in turn help to shape the Suffolk community and beyond.

Suffolk also offers careers services, student support, personal counselling & medical services. There are plenty of clubs, events and extra-curricular activities to get involved in and there is also a sizeable library.


Academic calendar

The academic calendar can be found on the Suffolk website here

The Fall semester typically runs from early September through mid-December, and the Spring semester typically runs from mid-January through mid-May.

Academic life

Grade point calculation is determined by multiplying the numerical grade equivalency 4.0(A), 3.67 (A-), 3.33 (B+), 3.00 (B), 2.67 (B-), 2.33 (C+), 2.00 (C), 1.67 (C-), 1.33 (D+), 1.00 (D), .67 (D-), 0 (F) by the credits earned for each course. Grade Points are then divided by credits earned for the terms to equal Grade Point Average. Satisfactory grades without a numerical equivalent are included in the total hours (TH) toward the degree, but are not included in the numerically graded hours (NGH) or grade point average.

Transcript Grading Key

A 4.0 Excellent
A- 3.67  
B+ 3.33  
B 3.00  
B- 2.67  
C+ 2.33  
C 2.00 Satisfactory
C- 1.67 Unsatisfactory
D+ 1.33 Unsatisfactory
D 1.00 Unsatisfactory
D- 0.67 Unsatisfactory
F 0.00 Failure



The online course catalogue can be found online here.  When searching for courses, be sure to select the College of Arts and Sciences & Sawyer Business School link when first accessing the course catalogue. 


Film, TV and Digital Media Production, Screenwriting and Producing & Acting & World Theatre Students:

You must choose 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from the courses approved by your Head of Programme at Regent's.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

You must enrol for 15 US credits (approx. 4 –5 courses).

Passing requirements

Film, TV and Digital Media Production, Screenwriting and Producing & Acting & World Theatre Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.



Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Suffolk.


Exchange students are given the opportunity to live in the university sponsored housing.  During the application process, exchange students are asked if they are interested in living in university sponsored housing, and if so they are given instructions on what steps to take to register for a housing placement after acceptance. 

Information on and pictures of the different Suffolk university sponsored housing can be found by clicking here

The costs of living in the university sponsored housing can be found by clicking here

Be sure to click on “Residence Halls” in the accordion menu, and also be sure to remember that Meal Plans are mandatory and are an additional cost for most housing options in the residence halls.


Exchange students who choose to live off-campus can utilise the services of the Off Campus Housing Office (link) when searching for an apartment in the city of Boston.  There is a Suffolk University specific housing portal (link) that exchange students can access after they are admitted.  This housing portal is populated with apartment listings from trusted landlords, realtors, and apartment buildings, along with posts from other Suffolk students looking for roommates.

Housing in Boston is typically quite expensive and competitive. If you plan to live in the residence halls, it's advisable to commit and put down a deposit as soon as possible. If you plan to live off-campus, you should be prepared to spend anywhere from $800-$1,800 per month in rent.

Cost of living

Boston is a comparatively expensive location with most prices being about 25% higher than the national average. Students should expect to spend $800 to $1,800 a month for rent. If you have to pay utilities such as water and heating and electricity then expect to pay around $75 a month for those. Television and internet typically cost around $50 a month and food and groceries are likely to cost in the region of $350 per month.


Students who have been nominated to study at Suffolk will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance 
You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive medical health insurance covering you for the entire stay in the USA. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Each student studying in Massachusetts is required by law to be covered by health insurance during their studies. Suffolk University offers a health insurance plan to its students, which is quite comprehensive and thorough.  Each incoming student is automatically enrolled in the Suffolk University Health Insurance plan, but students are able to waive out of the Suffolk Health Insurance plan if they have insurance that covers them in the United States, and meets certain requirements.  Please contact us for specific requirements in order to submit a waiver.

Visa requirements

All students wanting to study at Suffolk from the UK must apply for a Visa (unless the student is a US citizen).

The office is based in London and can be found at:

24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 6AH
United Kingdom

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


73 Tremont Street
9th Floor
MA 02108

Email: TBA

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner