University at Buffalo, SUNY
University Info | School of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
- Rated #1 New York Public University. The top public university in New York State.
- Rated in the Top 40 of public universities nationwide. Rated #28 of public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- For more than 15 years, among the top 25 institutions in the United States hosting international students — Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Buffalo is “A City on the Rise” - One of the New York Times' famous 52 Places to Go.
- UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recognized as national leader in diversity and inclusiveness. The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been recognized as an Exemplar Bronze Award recipient by the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. The program publicly recognizes engineering colleges that make significant progress in increasing diversity and inclusion.
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.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: NOT Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Proficiency Requirement
- Minimum TOEFL scores: 79
- Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 overall with no individual band score below 6.0
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August to late December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Students may not take graduate level Business courses.
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
- It is preferred that students take the majority of their courses in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Workload per Semester
The normal load is 15 credits per semester for undergraduate students and 12 credits per semester for graduate students.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UB must complete the UB Exchange Student Application.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
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.
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
Estimated Cost of Attendance
Food / housing – $7,553 per semester
Local transportation – $500 per semester
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – $750 per semester
Personal expenses – $1,250 per semester
Other administrative fees – $2,691 per semester (campus fees and health insurance)
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad Programs | firstname.lastname@example.org
Buffalo - dubbed the City of Good Neighbors - is the second-largest city in New York State, yet it's a big city with a hometown feel. Located in the Buffalo Niagara region of New York State, Buffalo is a thriving city situated in a region of more than two million people that offers a world of opportunity. World-class art galleries and museums, a comprehensive city-wide system of parks and green space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and major and minor league sports teams are just a few of the wide array of cultural and recreational elements that make Buffalo such a great place to study, work, and live.
Buffalo borders Canada and is one of the United States’ top gateways for international trade. Many Western New Yorkers take advantage of our three international bridge crossings to visit the beaches of neighboring Fort Erie, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and cosmopolitan Toronto.