Strong, Caring Support

We believe that a supportive environment is essential to create a comfortable place that you can all home while you live, learn and grow. UB is that place. 

Support systems for our international students include international faculty and staff, and immigration experts in International Student and Scholar Services who will guide you as you acclimate to American culture. There are also academic support centers for math, writing and the English language. You’ll feel more welcome and at ease when you work with UB’s comprehensive network of support services.

On this page:

An academic adviser helps a student in a computer lab.

Academic guidance when you need it

Want help in choosing or changing a major? Need someone to explain UB’s academic guidelines? Want to be sure you'll graduate on time and within your budget?

At UB, academic advising continues throughout your time here, empowering you to become an active and responsible learner in ways that will help you achieve your goals. Our advisors are caring professionals, dedicated to their students and are well-versed in specific academic areas. With all the resources and choices available at a major research university like UB, it’s reassuring to know that you will always have someone to help guide your way.

A math formula is pictured on a whiteboard.

Mathematics Help Center

Whether you’re studying math, science or engineering, or just need help with a specific math problem, UB’s Math Center can help. The service is free and no appointment is necessary.

Students photographed in a classroom setting.

Center for Excellence in Writing

The center is a free service for all students and holds workshops on writing and writing instruction; it also offers online tutoring and conducts research to guide the future development of writing practices. By sharing your work with our staff, you can learn how to better express yourself and communicate ideas and concepts through writing.

Health Sciences Library.

University Libraries

The UB Libraries are comprehensive, offering you access to worldwide information resources and discovery tools. The Libraries support your research needs with more than 3.6 million volumes, subscriptions to 350 research databases and more than 10,000 electronic journals, and 10 world-renowned special collections. With more than 500 computer workstations, they also provide safe, comfortable spaces on campus for research and study.

  • Talk to our friendly staff. We can help you get started with basic research skills, or show you how to use the workstations and online catalogs.
  • Learn online. The Libraries Research Tips online guide covers everything from choosing a topic to citing books and articles, or writing your research paper.
International students pictured on a boat on a local waterway.
Two male international students smile for the camera.

International Student Services (ISS)

Our International Student Services office provides the services and support to welcome you to your new home at UB.

Our friendly staff members — including international students — speak your language and can help address your immigration concerns, help you prepare for your trip to Buffalo and can even answer questions about navigating your UB experience. We will also help introduce you to all the Buffalo-Niagara region has to offer, from major attractions to its vibrant arts and cultural scene.


How do I maintain my immigration status? What are my immigration options after graduation? How do I get authorization to work off-campus? These are all common questions, and each one is addressed in a workshop that is part of an ongoing series of helpful presentations hosted by ISS every semester.
> Browse International Student Workshops

Field trips

Through ISS you can also participate in tours and field trips around the Buffalo-Niagara area, from snowboarding and Shakespeare in the park, to professional sports games and wine tours!
> Check out our calendar of activities

Two male students and a professor pictured in a classroom setting.

UB English Language Institute (ELI)

English language support is critical to your success at UB, and the ELI is a full-service center providing language instruction, cultural orientation and pre-academic training for international students.

The ELI was founded in 1971 and is a leader in English language instruction. The experienced staff and highly evolved programs address all the needs and concerns of students interested in developing their English language skills.

Staff member advises a student.

Student Health Services

This on-campus medical facility is committed to providing quality medical services and comprehensive health education to all UB students.

Peer mentoring.

Transfer Services

We recognize the needs of all incoming students, including those who started their higher education at another institution. the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center offers several programs specifically for transfer students, including a peer mentor program that helps you become an active member of the UB community. The program will match you with a former transfer student who understands what it is like to navigate the transfer process.


Common Problems, Innovative Solutions

Get the answers you need to all of your questions about your student account, your parking permit, or your class schedule in one convenient location. 1Capen is how we deliver excellent customer service to all of our students. 

See what our students and faculty are saying: