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  • Locations: Buffalo, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Structural
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY

University Info   |   School of Engineering Info

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Study Abroad Programs


The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier, research-intensive public university and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. UB's more than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.

UB spends more than $349.4 million annually on research, seeking knowledge that leads to new cures, improved processes, stronger materials, faster computers, smarter software, smaller machines and thousands of other improvements.

Situated on the border with Canada, UB is one of America’s most internationalized universities. Our international community includes a diverse faculty and more than 5,000 international students from 115 countries. Along with a wealth of cultural programming, these scholars enrich our campus life, creating  opportunities for cross-cultural exchange at home in Buffalo.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : NOT Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

The University at Buffalo will not be accepting inbound Global E3 exchange students for Fall/Academic Year 2017-18.


English Proficiency:

Scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 550
  • Computer-based - 213
  • Internet-based - 79

Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 overall with no individual band score below 6.0

Disciplines Available:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Additional application materials?

UB Exchange Student Application, available on our website.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Fall semester/academic year applicants should receive acceptance packets in May. Spring semester applicants should receive acceptance packets in November. Please note that late and/or incomplete applications will take longer to process.


Semester Dates

  • Fall : late August to late December
  • Spring : mid-January to mid-May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

The normal load is 15 credits per semester for undergraduate students and 12 credits per semester for graduate students.

Grading System

Grade Interpretation Grade Points
A High Distinction 4.00
A- High Distinction 3.67
B+ Superior 3.33
B Superior 3.00
B- Superior 2.67
C+ Average 2.33
C Average 2.00
C- Average 1.67
D+ Minimum Passing Grade 1.33
D Minimum Passing Grade 1.00
F Failure 0.0

Academic Transcripts

Upon completion of the semester/academic year, an official transcript will be sent to the student’s home university.  Information on requesting additional transcripts is available on our site.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Due to limited space, the University at Buffalo cannot officially guarantee on-campus housing to all exchange students. Generally, exchange students who apply for on-campus housing before May 1st or December 1st will receive an offer for an on-campus room. Please note you cannot apply for on-campus housing before you receive official notification of your acceptance to UB.

UB offers two options for on-campus housing. Traditional residence halls have shared rooms with one, two or three roommates with shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common lounges for students on each floor. There are residence halls on both the North Campus and the South Campus. A free UB shuttle service connects the two campuses. UB student apartments have single bedrooms in an apartment with three roommates. Each apartment has a kitchen, living/dining area, and semi-private bathrooms. These apartments are on the North Campus and have 10- or 12-month contracts.

A housing booklet and instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing will be provided with the acceptance packet. Applications for housing are made online and require payment of a housing deposit of $300.

Off-campus housing is also available. Exchange students are responsible for making their own arrangements for off-campus housing. The UB Off-Campus Housing office has a search engine for off-campus listings.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

The University Residence Halls & Apartments office will send on-campus housing placement information directly to students in late July and late December. Students with an on-campus placement can check in early 1-2 days before the International Student Orientation. A fee of $35/night will be charged for each night spent in the dormitories until the regular contract begins.


Entry Visa

Exchange students are responsible for applying for a J-1 exchange visitor visa in order to study at UB. A DS-2019 form will be provided to students with their acceptance packet for this visa application. Students should check with the US embassy or consulate in their home country for visa application information and instructions.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

The University at Buffalo requires all international students to have health insurance that meets the requirements mandated by the State University of New York. The UB international health insurance policy meets these requirements and all international students are automatically enrolled in this policy. The cost of the policy is billed to the UB student account. The policy includes regular coverage and medical evacuation/repatriation coverage through GeoBlue. Details are available on the Student Medical Insurance website.

It is possible for exchange students to waive this insurance after arrival at UB with proof of insurance that meets or exceeds the UB requirements. Very few international insurance plans are considered comparable so exchange students are advised not to purchase other insurance before coming to UB.

The Student Health Center requires all students to submit Health Background & Immunization forms. These forms must be sent to the Student Health Center prior to arrival. Students cannot be registered for courses until these forms are received.


When should I arrive?

Exchange students are expected to attend the International Student Orientation sponsored by the UB Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. This is held during the week before classes begin for each semester. A special exchange student meeting will also be held during the orientation week with the staff of the UB Study Abroad Programs office.

Is airport reception available?

Transportation to UB from Buffalo Niagara International Airport:

Exchange students are provided with free transportation from the Buffalo airport to their
accommodation with Airport Taxi Service. Details and a voucher will be sent to students by email.

Is there any bank on campus?

There are cash withdrawal machines on campus.


Estimated cost of attendance

Food/housing - $6,775 per semester

Local transportation - $500 per semester

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) - $750 per semester

Personal expenses - $1000 per semester

Other administrative fees -  $2,303 per semester (campus fees and health insurance)


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Study Abroad Programs



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