What Is Expected of Me While I'm Abroad?

Photo taken in Turkey by Tanahiry Escamilla.

We hope you have a truly transformative experience while studying abroad.

Some things to keep in mind:

You Represent UB

Even when UB students are studying abroad, they are held to the Student Code of Conduct. Please review the document and be reminded that while abroad, you are representing not only the University at Buffalo, but your family, and our country.

Proof of Registration at Host Institution

As a way to address some concerns from academic advisors and financial aid advisors, we now ask students to submit proof of registration at the host institution while abroad. This directly affects students who receive TAP (Tuition Assistance Program from New York State) funding as well as students who are planning to use coursework from abroad to meet UB Curriculum or general education requirements. Students who receive a TAP award MUST show they are taking coursework toward their degree.

In order to help students communicate this information to the Office of Financial Aid (where appropriate) as well as their academic advisors (in the case of the UB Curriculum), we have built a questionnaire for you to submit proof of your registration at the host institution abroad within the same online system you used to either apply for or notify us of your participation in a study abroad program. You will see this request, after logging into our application system, under what is called “While Abroad”. The expectation is that students will submit a screenshot  of their registration at the host institution abroad which will show the courses in which you are currently enrolled.

Completing this post-decision questionnaire item in your online application will helps us communicate with your academic and financial aid advisors regarding what courses you are taking while abroad.

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Extending Your Study Abroad Program

 

Did you plan on studying abroad for only one term, but now you don't want to leave? If you are on a semester program, it may be possible to extend your study abroad experience!

  1. Contact the campus administering the study abroad program to request permission to extend your stay.
  2. Contact your home campus Study Abroad Office to request permission to extend your stay.
  3. Contact your Academic Advisor to be sure you can complete your academic requirements while abroad.
  4. Register for additional study abroad credits at your home campus.

 

Withdrawing From Your Study Abroad Program

In the event that you need to withdraw from your study abroad program, whether for personal, academic or financial reasons, you must notify the sponsoring campus in writing immediately.

Students on UB Programs Abroad

  1. Contact the Office of Study Abroad Programs at UB
  2. Timing:
    The last day for Registration Drop/Add is usually at the end of the second week of classes at UB.
    If your written notification of withdrawal is received BEFORE UB Drop/Add is over…
             • Your registration for study abroad will be deleted
             • You may be able to register for on-campus courses and return to your home campus that semester. The possibility to rejoin your home campus will be determined by course availability, flight availability for your return, local housing availability, etc. Please contact your home campus study abroad office for assistance and referrals.

    If your written notification of withdrawal is received AFTER Drop/Add is over…
             • You will receive a grade of “R” (meaning Resignation) for the term that you studied abroad.
             • You may not be able to return to your home campus for classes that semester. The possibility to rejoin your home campus will be determined by your home campus policies, course availability, flight availability for your return, local housing availability, etc. Please contact your home campus study abroad office for assistance and referrals.

    If you do not submit written notification of your withdrawal from a program at all…
             • You will receive a grade of “F” for the entire semester abroad.
             • You may be held financially liable for the full semester.

    Please keep in mind that any change of plans should be communicated immediately to all those who have been involved in your preparations to go abroad. In addition to notifying UB Study Abroad Programs of any changes, you may also want to include such offices as Financial Aid, Campus Living, and Campus Dining.

Students on Other SUNY Programs Abroad

  1. Contact the sponsoring campus.
  2. Contact the Office of Study Abroad Programs at UB.