New Students

UB students.

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University at Buffalo! You have made a wise decision to further your education at UB.

Welcome to UB

We would like to welcome you to UB!  UB has a longstanding tradition of welcoming students, faculty and researchers from around the world.  Our international population enriches our community through its knowledge, talents, diligence and diverse perspectives.  Here we truly embrace the American principles of inclusion for all people regardless of their race, religion or nationality. 

A premier research-intensive public university, UB is also the largest and most comprehensive university in the State University of New York system. It was the first public university in New York to be admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities. The education you receive, out-of-class opportunities you seek and relationships you form here will benefit you for the rest of your life!

First Steps

Start Date for Spring 2021 changed to February 1, 2021

SUNY announced that the start date for the Spring 2021 semester will change to February 1, 2021.

If you are an F-1 student starting in Buffalo for Spring you most likely received your Initial I-20 with a program start date of 01/25/2021.  Although the Spring 2021 semester start date has changed at UB, the program start date on your I-20 will remain the same (01/25/2021) and you will not be issued a new I-20.

You will still be able to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your I-20.

  • 12/2/20
    Maintaining your visa and valid immigration status is critically important for international students. We can help you through this process.
  • 12/9/20
    Starting at UB in Fall 2020? Learn more about your required check-in here.
  • 12/9/20
    Check out this page for information about additional important actions that need to be addressed before leaving for the U.S.
  • 1/15/21
    On this page you'll find information about the upcoming Live Events, as well as, recordings of past live events for incoming students hosted by ISS. We hope this information helps prepare you for your start at UB! 
  • 1/13/21
    Here are some tips to make your arrival in the U.S. and Buffalo as smooth as possible!
  • 1/13/21
    The International Orientation & Welcome Series is here! Learn more about your orientation program and get involved.
  • 1/14/21
    Welcome to the University at Buffalo! Discover everything that UB and Western New York have to offer.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this web site is provided as a service to the international students, faculty, staff, employees and administrators of the University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor the Office of International Student Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.