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Study Abroad destinations

The State University of New York

Potsdam, New York

Lecturer and students sat on benches in conversation at State University of New York

Founded in 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges and the oldest institution in the State University of New York system.

The college has quickly grown and became a leader in creativity, applied learning and educational excellence. The State University of New York, Potsdam is located alongside the Raquette River and New York City is approximately a 7 hour drive to Potsdam. With the Adirondacks to the south and the major metropolitan cities of Ottawa and Montreal to the north, there’s no better place to embark on your educational journey.

With a population of just under 10,000 people, Potsdam is a classic college town with a vibrant community.

What you can study

CourseWhen you can study
Drama and Dance BA   2nd year, Semester 1  
Graphic Design BA  2nd year, Semester 2 
Fine Art BA  2nd year, Semester 1 or 2 
Music BA  2nd year, Semester 1 
Music: Composition BA  2nd year, Semester 1 
Music: Education and Community BA  2nd year, Semester 1  
Music: Performance BA 2nd year, Semester 1  
Sociology BA  2nd year, Semester 1  
Criminology BA 2nd year, Semester 1  
Musical Theatre BA 2nd year, Semester 1

Academic information

Choosing your modules

 You will need to gain the following credits from your modules: 

  • Semester 1: 12 to 15 credits per semester
  • Semester 2: 24 to 30 credits per year. 

You can see module options in the State University of New York module catalogue. 

The State University of New York offers a range of courses for exchange students. For more information go to the State University of New York website. 

Academic calendar

The academic year is split into 2 semesters: 

  • Semester 1: 26 August until 21 December 
  • Semester 2: 8 January until 11 May 

Visit The State University of New York website for a full list of academic dates.  


Accommodation abroad

Whilst abroad, you are guaranteed accommodation, and will likely have to share a room.

The costs (based on 2022/23 academic year) are:

  • £1756.77 (Semester 1 - Payable in October to York St John)
  • 1756.77 (Semester 2 - Payable in January to York St John)

More details are available on the State University of New York housing pages.  

Accommodation in York

If you study abroad for 1 semester, you are guaranteed university accommodation for the semester you are in York.

Costs and visas


Funding is available to help you with study abroad costs. Please see our Funding page for more details.

Additional costs

This information is about additional costs of studying at this host university. Please be aware that prices are subject to change, and the list may not be exhaustive.

We recommend looking at the host website, as well as entry requirements for the country, to get a full understanding of the costs involved.

All study abroad students will be charged the following fees on arrival:

  • College fee $25
  • Activity fee $100
  • Athletic fee $215
  • Health fee $206
  • Technology fee $219.50
  • Transportation fee $20 (this helps cover the cost of the Bear Bus that can take the students all over Potsdam and the surrounding towns)
  • Fitness Center fee $25.50
  • Career Services fee $10

A meal plan is mandatory for residential students. 

The costs vary between $2375 to $2900 per semester depending on the meal plan. This is payable to the State University of New York, Potsdam. 

More information about the meal plans are on the State University of New York website.


Please make sure you have an up to date passport that expires no earlier than 6 months after you intend to return.

You will be provided with guidance and documentation from the partner university but it will be your responsibility to obtain the correct visa. Neither the Study Abroad team here or at the partner university are qualified to offer consultations or detailed advice regarding visa applications. Immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes.

If you do have any visa-related questions you will need to contact the appropriate Embassy directly.

An overview of the student visa can be found on the U.S Department of State website. 

Approximate cost: $340 (plus cost of travel to US Embassy in London)

Study Abroad ambassadors

You can contact one of our Study Abroad ambassadors to find out more about studying at The State University of New York. 

Amber Thomas, Criminology with Police Studies:

George Hetherton, Music:

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