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Application Requirements for ONLINE International Students

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As an online international student at UB, you are sure to be in good hands. According to the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, UB is among the top 20 U.S. institutions hosting international students.

Follow the easy 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 either electronically, check, or money order. If you pay by check or money order, please make the check payable to "University at Buffalo" and indicate on the check/money order the name of the GSE program that you are applyng to.

Provide Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English Proficiency

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 7.0.
  • The required minimum PTE score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Please note – The minimum PTE score required for acceptance to any program in Learning & Instruction is subject to faculty review.

Program 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.

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.