About the University
Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo, or UB, is a four-year research-intensive public university and the largest and most comprehensive in the 64-campus SUNY system. It has 3 campuses (North Campus in suburban Amherst, South Campus in North Buffalo and a growing Downtown Campus) and a student enrollment of around 30,000 students (undergraduate and graduate combined). UB offers around 80 bachelor’s programs, 184 master’s programs and 78 doctoral programs with its most popular majors being Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Psychology, Biology and Engineering.
UB is organized into 13 academic schools and colleges:
- The School of Architecture and Planning
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- The School of Dental Medicine
- The Graduate School of Education
- The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- The School of Law
- The School of Management
- The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
- The School of Nursing
- The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- The School of Public Health and Health Professions
- The School of Social Work
- The Roswell Park Graduate Division
– Excerpt from SUNY Buffalo’s website.
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. For cost and coverage dates information, visit the Student Health Insurance Office website. This policy is intended for your protection and is very comprehensive. It is administered by the UB Student Health Insurance office. The policy includes regular coverage and medical evacuation/repatriation coverage. Details of both are available on the Student Health Insurance website.
It is possible to waive this insurance after you arrive at UB but only if you have proof of insurance that meets or exceeds the UB requirements. Very few international insurance plans are considered comparable, so you are advised not to purchase other insurance before coming to UB. The inability to cancel another insurance policy will not release you from the requirement to purchase the UB policy if the coverage is not deemed comparable to the UB policy. If you wish to request a waiver, you must complete an International Health Insurance Waiver Form and have your insurance company complete the Clarification of Insurance Policy Benefits Form. These forms are available on the Student Health Insurance website. The forms must be returned directly to the Student Health Insurance office in 1Capen. If they do not accept your insurance you will be required to keep the UB policy.
Cost: $657.45 for Fall semester and $919.83 for Spring semester
Students may choose instead to subscribe to the insurance proposed by MICEFA, AIG. The student must fill out an Insurance Waiver Form.
Due to limited space, the University at Buffalo cannot officially guarantee on-campus housing to all exchange students. However, our exchange application deadlines have been set to give exchange applicants the best chance for securing an on-campus room. Generally, exchange students who apply for on-campus housing before May 1st or December 1st will receive an offer for an on-campus room. Therefore we strongly encourage you to submit your exchange application by our deadline so we can process your application in time for you to apply for on-campus housing. Please note you cannot apply for on-campus housing before you receive official notification of your acceptance to UB.
- Traditional Residence Halls: Rooms are shared with one, two or three roommates. There are shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common lounges for students on each floor. For students coming to UB in August, the residence hall agreements (housing contracts) will be for the fall and spring semesters. Students staying for the fall semester only will have to apply for early termination of their housing agreement before the end of the fall semester. Please note there are residence halls on both the North Campus and the South Campus. There is a free UB shuttle service that connects the two campuses.
- Apartments: Rooms are single bedrooms in an apartment with three roommates. Each apartment has a kitchen, living/dining area, and semi-private bathrooms. It is important to note that the apartments are on the North Campus and have 10- or 12-month contracts.
Visit the UB Campus Living website for more information on housing options.
When you receive official notification of your acceptance to UB, you will receive a housing booklet and instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing. You will be required to apply online, pay a housing deposit of $300, and complete an online Residence Hall Agreement and Housing Preference Questionnaire.
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.
Off-campus Housing: If you prefer to live off campus, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing. You are strongly encouraged to make use of campus resources and advice while searching for housing and before you sign a lease or contract.
Before you begin, there is excellent information specific to international students on the UB International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website.
The UB Off-Campus Housing office also has a search engine for off-campus listings. This allows you to select criteria for your search such as maximum rent, number of bedrooms, area, etc.
The average budget per month is: $2,500 including housing
In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $7,000.00 per semester.