Enriched Learning Opportunities

Student researchers pictured in Alaska.

Geologist Jason Briner takes his student research group to northern Alaska to study climate change.

At UB, we believe in learning through doing. Because getting experience by working is a crucial step in making your impact on the world. Here there are many exciting ways to learn, including Discovery Seminars, intensive research opportunities, internships and study abroad programs. You can also make personal and academic connections beyond the classroom at one of our many living and learning communities.

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Undergraduate research for all interests

Every day at UB is part of an exciting world of discovery. Our students and distinguished faculty engage in research projects that enliven the intellect and the learning process. 

Students watch a faculty member explain research.
Start exploring

Even if you haven’t applied yet, we encourage you to start exploring your options, and think about what interests you!

A few examples of recent UB research projects open to undergraduates:

  • Ultrasonic networking for implantable biomedical devices
  • Use of brain stimulation to enhance motor learning
  • Development of a cloud imager for solar energy forecasting
  • Biosensor development
  • An investigation of the intersection of dance, dissent and social change

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA)

Through UB’s Center for Undergraduate and Creative Activities (CURCA), a pioneer in U.S. undergraduate research, you will have access to these and other exciting research opportunities, scholarships and support. The center is UB’s central resource for information on all undergraduate research projects on and off campus.

UB’s Living and Learning Communities

Because learning at UB isn’t limited to the classroom, you will have many opportunities to connect with students who share your interests, whether they are academic or extracurricular. Several of UB’s “living and learning” communities create welcoming, smaller groups where you can work closely with our faculty, live with students who are studying similar academic subjects and make lifelong friends along the way.


Students meeting outside.

There is a particular energy generated by like minds. Our Academies bring together undergraduate students with similar interests and common goals into a community dedicated to exploring one of five broad themes through discussion, exploration and debate. 

  • Civic Engagement
  • Global Perspectives
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Explorations
  • Sustainability

These five academies combine theme-based seminars, workshops, speakers, social gatherings and off-campus excursions.

The Academies are designed for collaboration and camaraderie and serve to build lasting relationships among students and faculty. The experience can include living on campus with students studying in the same academy, or living off campus and participating in the various learning activities.

Learn how to lead

Take workshops, work on campus, earn a leadership certificate or volunteer through UB’s Office of Student Engagement.

University Honors College

The UB Honors College challenges academically gifted students to enrich their studies and to explore their interests across disciplines. Admission to the Honors College is based on high school performance and standardized test scores. The innovative Honors curriculum combines rigorous coursework and unique, individualized service learning and civic engagement experiences outside the classroom.   

Participants in the UB Honors College can embark on a program of self-discovery that shows them how to become engaged citizens. It will help you develop the capacity to bring about creative change in today’s economic, technological and cultural landscape.

Students sitting in a classroom.

Freshman Honors College Students Meet for Orientation

Leadership House Learning Community

Leadership House is a residential learning community for first-year students.

Each fall, about 30 civic-minded UB first-year students become members of Leadership House, a unique, year-long program that is home to future entrepreneurs, teachers, CEOs, political activists and other community leaders.

Incoming first-year students apply to the program before they begin classes in September. Once accepted, they are grouped together in the same residence hall, take special academic classes and participate in local and national community service events.

“Leadership House is a great way to become a part of a close-knit community right at the start of freshman year. The experience has taught me so much about being an effective leader as well as follower, and the skills I gained will help me to be a more active student in the UB community.”

Victoria Lojacono, Leadership House ’14 

Exceptional students intern at exceptional companies

A UB internship is a great way to create a powerful career network and gain hands-on experience and skills before you enter the job market. Our Career Services office provides professional staff and can help connect you with international employers like Bloomberg, Google, Intel, Amazon, General Electric and many more.

All students have access to UB’s on-campus internship fairs and other events; BullsEye, a world-wide online internship/employer database; a resource library; interview prep and resume planning services; mentoring programs and a computerized test center.

A UB student is pictured while networking.
Intern with seals at the Niagara Falls Aquarium.

UB internship programs

Take your education global

A summer architecture program in the parks, cafés and museums of Barcelona. A year-long program in Kobe, Japan, to become immersed in Japanese language and culture.

Nothing compares to seeing the world firsthand. UB offers these and many other life-changing, career-defining moments when you study abroad while at university.

UB offers study abroad opportunities in 30 countries, with access to more than 550 other SUNY study abroad programs. Eleven percent of our undergraduates study abroad — five times the national average.

Study abroad student pictured in Egypt.
Study abroad student pictured in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Study abroad student poses with locals.

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