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University At Buffalo, The State University of New York


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University At Buffalo, The State University of New York



One of the USA’s most prestigious public research universities, University at Buffalo (UB) boasts world-renowned scholars and lecturers that have been given some of the most illustrious awards within their field of work. A 13:1 student to faculty ratio means students can expect to get a lot of one-to-one time with the staff, too. 

UB offers a wide range of research and internship opportunities, which give students the chance to expand their knowledge and prepare for a job as soon as they graduate.

Consistently ranked as one of the institutions in the USA that is best value for money, UB gave out over $330 million in scholarships and financial aid in the last academic year. It estimates that one in four students are awarded a merit scholarship in their first year.

UB is part of the Association of American Universities, a group of distinguished research institutions that are dedicated to upholding a strong academic research system in the USA. The University spends almost $390 million every year on research, trying to find cures for diseases, create smarter computers and lots of other improvements.

With a strong international student body, over 300 student clubs to join and plenty of sports teams competing at NCAA Division 1 level, there is plenty of opportunity for international students to make UB their second home. With New York City and Canada not far away, Buffalo is a brilliant base to explore the delights of North America from. 


Fees are per year and for indicative purpose


Fees are per year and for indicative purpose







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How UB researchers changed the world

This year, UB researchers explored humanity's origins with new papers explaining how ancient trysts with Neanderthals and other hominin species may have contributed to modern humans' DNA.

From developing a pneumonia vaccine to desalinating water with the sun, here are some highlights from a year of discovery.

UB studied the roots of schizophrenia. It explored the origins of the Yeti myth. It designed a solar-powered water purifier, a vaccine for pneumonia, and a cybersecurity system that scans the dimensions of a user’s heart.

University at Buffalo students and faculty broke new scientific ground and pushed creative boundaries in ways that will benefit human societies for years to come. News outlets worldwide took note, with coverage of UB projects in the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic and more.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

At UB, professors are committed to lead by example and to prepare students for what’s next. UB has more than 2,200 highly trained faculty who rank among the very best in their fields. Recognised nationally and internationally as outstanding teachers, world-class scholars and dedicated mentors, they engage in research that advances existing knowledge and improves quality of life all over the world.

Faculty members have won prestigious awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology, MacArthur Foundation “genius award,” and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Although it is a large university, its student faculty ratio is 13:1 and 75% of its classes have less than 50 students. This means its faculty have more time and attention to devote to student success.

While a majority of its faculty conduct research, teaching is vital to UB’s mission. More than 180 UB faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching - the most of any SUNY institution.

Undergraduate students are an integral part of faculty research at UB. Its professors and instructors help students gain first-hand experience with a wide range of new technologies, ideas and methodologies. Students will get to work closely with these world-class scholars in class, in lab settings and in field work.

They can also connect more closely with faculty through UB’s innovative learning communities, including the Experiential Learning Network, Discovery Seminars and University Honours College.

Study Experience

Study Experience

At UB, education is about more than just a degree it’s a journey of personal transformation. The University supports students every step of the way, with an engaged and inspiring faculty, outstanding resources, limitless opportunities and constant, caring support.

The University offers the largest menu of academic programmes in New York State, with more than 110 undergraduate degrees (including combined degrees), and more than 300 postgraduate programmes. Students can choose from one of its programmes, or design their own.

With an emphasis on critical thinking, ethical reasoning, a global perspective and robust communication skills, the UB Curriculum - its core academic experience - was designed to give students the tools they will need to succeed in a diverse and dynamic world, whatever their discipline.

UB students extend their learning outside of the classroom through internships, service learning, entrepreneurial programs, alternative spring breaks, hackathons and more. Its 80+ study abroad programs provide portals to places and people around the world. More about studying at UB…

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Admission

Academic Criteria

Admission is based on the quality of the applicant's secondary school academic record.

  • Applicants should have an ‘above average’ academic record at least equivalent to a "B" average (3.00 out of 4.00) with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), is encouraged but not required and strongly recommended for freshman applicants.

Copies of transcripts or other academic records should be submitted electronically. If the transcripts are not in English, certified translations must be attached. Transcripts should show marks and credits earned for all upper secondary school-level work. Original official documents are not required for application review.

English Proficiency

All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following exams and the minimum score indicated.

  • Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT) – 70
  • SAT I Verbal (ERWS) – 500
  • IELTS – 6.0
  • ACT (English and Reading) – 18

Applicants with scores below the minimum may be considered on a conditional basis.

Postgraduate Admission

Academic Criteria

Most postgraduate programmes require the following academic qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited / government recognized university.
  • B average or higher from the Bachelor degree (or the equivalent)

Many programmes require applicants to take up a standardised postgraduate or professional admission exam. Most will also require letters of recommendation, personal statements, written samples and resumes.

English Proficiency

The minimum TOEFL score for admission is set by the department; the standard university minimum TOEFL score is 550 paper-based, or 79 internet-based. The standard university minimum for the IELTS is 6.5 (with no section below 6.0). Applicants with scores below the minimum may be considered on a conditional basis.

More entry requirement details…

Student Support

Student Support

At UB, it is believed that a supportive environment is essential to create a comfortable place that students can call home while they live, learn and grow.

Support systems for international students include international faculty and staff, and immigration experts in International Student and Scholar Services who will guide them as they acclimatise to American culture. There are also academic support centres for maths, writing and the English language. Students will feel more welcome and at ease when they work with UB’s comprehensive network of support services.

International students are what make the UB campus community great. Its diversity and international engagement make UB more inquisitive as scholars and more compassionate as human beings. UB’s doors are open to everyone.

Its location on the U.S.- Canadian border means that international engagement is just a regular part of life at UB. This rich diversity is one of its greatest strengths and adds to its unique perspective. At UB, students will learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

UB creates critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, knowledge creators and leaders. It helps students achieve their goals through close collaborative relationships with its faculty, research opportunities, mentoring, internships and experiential learning. 

The University encourages students to make connections and engage with the world, and helps them develop the skills and mind-set that will position them for success.

It also provides important career planning and placement resources from the moment students arrive on campus, and remains a helpful resource for them after they graduate.

UB’s career counsellors help students identify their skills and strengths, develop their academic path, connect students with mentoring programs, and help them apply for campus jobs and off-campus internships.

When students graduate from UB, they have a great degree that creates possibilities and connects them with enough fellow alumni to help them feel welcome anywhere. With 25 regional and 12 international alumni association chapters, UB makes it easy to stay in touch and build a professional network.

When they are studying at UB, students will also have the opportunity to connect to a large network of alumni at corporations around the globe. They can meet alumni on campus for mentoring, advice and conversation - or even join the alumni for a day at their workplace to see what the working world is really like!

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Tiffany Sue Yen Toh, Malaysia

The most important thing is to be open minded. The culture shock is overwhelming and you should remain open to everything. Another piece of advice I would give is to try and dorm on campus for at least your first year of university. It is a great way to make friends especially if you're all alone in a foreign country.

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Diversity Index
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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017
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QS World University Rankings 2017-2018
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018
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