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Application Requirements for ONLINE International Students

As an online international student at the University at Buffalo, you can feel confident in your decision. UB is the largest and most comprehensive university in the SUNY system, and is nationally recognized for academic excellence. Attracting the best and brightest minds from around the world, minds like yours, is how we got here. The 2016 Open Doors Report lists UB among the top 25 institutions across the United States and the third in New York State in hosting international students. Make our university your university.

Follow the five steps below to complete the application process:

Step One: Select your Online Application

Select your application, complete all sections, and submit electronically.

Step Two: Gather your Transcripts

Upload ALL transcripts / mark sheets and completed degrees / diplomas for ALL post-secondary schools attended.  Applicants who are currently enrolled, have studied at, or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions will download and print the transcript for you.

Note to all applicants: Please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Step Three: Review Program Specific Requirements

Program specific requirements:  Check your specific degree program to see if there are additional requirements.

Recommendation Letters:

If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Step Four: Pay the Application Fee

Submit a non-refundable $50.00 (U.S. Dollars) application fee electronically.

Step Five: Provide Immigration, Financial Documentation and Proof of English Proficiency

In addition to the online application, application fee, other program specific documentation, international applicants must also submit:

  • Official original proof of degree.
  • A copy of your passport biographical page.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars.
  • International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. Please use the standard graduate financial form.
  • All financial forms and supporting documentation must be uploaded to your application with required signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time the applicant intends to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support.
  • All international applicants (unless exempted) must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. International students may demonstrate proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic). Regardless of the type of test, scores must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed by International Admissions at the University at Buffalo. 

Programs within the Department of Learning and Instruction (Science and the Public, Educational Technology and New Literacies, and Gifted Education programs) require the following minimum scores:

  • The required minimum TOEFL score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 (Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Speaking: 24, Writing: 24) for the Internet based test.
  • The required minimum IELTS score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5.
  • The required minimum PTE score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. The minimum PTE score required for acceptance to any program in Learning & Instruction is subject to faculty review.

Programs within the Departments of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology and Library and Information Studies (Rehabilitation Counseling-MS, Mental Health Counseling-AGC, Rehabilitation Counseling-AGC, Master of Library Science, Library Media Specialist programs) require the following minimum scores:

  • The required minimum TOEFL score is a 213 for a computer based test, 550 for a paper based test and 79 Internet based test (institution code: 2925).
  • The required minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.
  • The required minimum PTE score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50.

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Admissions Decision

The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.      

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

In order to be compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.