Check out this page for information about additional important actions that need to be addressed before leaving for the U.S.
Whether you choose to live on-campus or off-campus, there's information to help you make the right choice.
The Fall 2020 housing application is available.
The housing application deadline is May 1. If you change your mind, you must cancel your on-campus housing agreement before the May 1 deadline.
As required by the State of New York, UB requires that all students submit completed Health Background & Immunization Forms, and satisfy immunization requirements before registering for classes.
Student Health Services does not send confirmation that they received the forms.
Once your forms have been processed by Student Health Services your immunization hold will be removed.
The State of New York requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. It also requires that all students receive information about meningococcal disease and make an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease.
To satisfy this requirement, you must submit your completed Health Background Form to UB. Since you will not be able to register for classes until you do so, you should complete and return this form as soon as possible. You can fax it to (716-829-2564) or use regular Air Mail or Express Courier Service (Attention: Susan Snyder). Scanned copies and email attachments are not permitted.
The mailing address is:
Student Health Services
University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Since Student Health Services does not send confirmation that they received the forms, you may wish to submit them via Fax or Express Courier since both services provide confirmation of delivery.
Please do not return the forms to the International Admissions or International Student Services offices.
If you are unable to complete all of your immunizations in your country, Student Health Services will assist you in obtaining the immunizations, but this will delay your class registration and you may not get the classes you want.
If you are an undergraduate student and submit the Health Background and Immunization Forms in time, your academic advisor may be able to register you in classes before you come to Buffalo. (If that is the case, an academic advisor will contact you.)
If you submit the forms in time, you may be able to register for your undergraduate classes before coming to Buffalo.
All international students at UB are required to have health insurance and will be billed directly for it. You are urged not to purchase health insurance prior to coming to UB because your insurance may not be accepted by UB.
Please note that international students at UB should purchase health insurance for any dependents who come to live with them in Buffalo.
Get started with everything technology-related at the University at Buffalo with this orientation video. You can also visit buffalo.edu/ubit/start for short videos on some of the topics covered in the video below.
The University bills students each semester for all University-related charges (tuition, student fees, on-campus housing and meals, health insurance, etc.). Your bill will be sent to your University at Buffalo email address after you register for classes. Bills are not sent by postal mail. It is not possible to pay your bill until after you register for classes, and your bill is sent to you.
If this is your first semester at UB, the deadline to pay your bill is in mid-October (for students starting in the Fall semester) or mid-March (for students starting in the Spring semester). If you miss the deadline, you must pay a $30-50 late fee.
Even if you signed up for on-campus housing, your bill payment deadline is still mid-October (Fall)/mid-March (Spring). Do not worry about emails you are receiving telling you that you need to pay your bill earlier. Those emails are automatically sent to all students who signed up for on-campus housing and do not apply to you.
For information on the various methods available to pay your University bill, including payment by credit card, personal check or E-check, visit the Student Account's website. University at Buffalo has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition and fee payment process for our international students.
UB has partnered with Flywire to make international payments easier. If you wish to pay from home and in your home currency, Flywire can help! Click the link below to learn more.
A hold on a UB student's account may prevent the student from registering for classes, receiving grades or transcripts, etc. Students receive a hold when action is required on their part.
Every new international student has an “IS” Hold on his/her account. This will remain in place until you have fully completed your New International Student Check-in. Once you have completed the check-in, your IS Hold will be removed.
All new undergraduate students have been evaluated for credit English course placement based upon section scores of their English language test (iBT, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT). A total score is not used for course placement purposes. A total score is only used for admission purposes.
New students must first check-in with ISS and take care of other holds (i.e. immunization) before reporting to the English Language Institute.
Monday, August 24 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All holds must be resolved before course registration can be approved. If you have questions about this hold please contact the English Language Institute for assistance.
All new or current graduate students offered an assistantship are required to take SPEAK. Graduate students who have an ELI hold are expected to take the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) before being permitted to register for classes and cleared for teaching duties.
Online SPEAK registration will begin on Monday, June 29 and continue until Sunday, August 23. SPEAK information as well as a practice test can be found on ELI’s website.
If you have questions about this hold please contact the English Language Institute for assistance.
If you plan to bring money (e.g. cash, money order, certified check, travelers’ checks, letter of credit) into the U.S., please note the following from the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website: “Travelers leaving or entering the U.S. are required to report monetary instruments (ie. currency or checks) valued at $10,000 or more on a "Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments" FinCEN 105 form. “Failure to declare currency in amounts over $10,000 can result in its seizure.”
We recommend that you exchange some local currency to U.S. dollars in your home country before flying to the U.S. That way, you will have some cash for incidental expenses (e.g., taxi fare) when you arrive here.
You can find the Estimated Cost of Attendance for your degree program at the Financial Aid website.
You will need to choose a financial institution to keep your money while studying at UB. Please review the following information to help you choose the type of financial institution(s) and account(s) (most commonly used by international students) that will be right for you.
When trying to determine with which financial institution to open an account with, consider the following questions when making your decisions:
Save money and earn interest? Withdraw money frequently? Write checks? Wire money home and receive wire transfers?
At the bank/credit union? Online? Using an ATM (Automated Teller Machine)?
Is it close to home or campus? Can I easily walk there if necessary? Will I have easy access to an ATM?
How much are the fees? (ATM, wire transfers, etc.)
Bank and credit union representatives will be available on campus on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th during to assist students with opening accounts. Check the International Student Welcome Series Schedule for more details.
Below are the two most common types of accounts that international students open:
(Most common account type)
(Similar to an ATM Card)
There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for students at UB. If interested take a few minutes to explore the information in the links below.
Have scholarship questions? Be sure to talk to the office directly responsible for the scholarship opportunity. ISS can help you find resources but we do not have detailed information on specific scholarships.
Learn more on our Making UB Your Home page.