Are you ready to begin your studies? There are many tasks that you can complete after arriving in the U.S. and before the academic semester starts. ISS recommends that you complete the following items after arriving in Buffalo..
**You may have other department/academic-based post-arrival requirements. Be sure to check with your academic department!
We recommend that all international students new to UB's campus participate in International Orientation and the Welcome Series.
The schedules for Fall 2022 International Orientation will be available soon. Fall 2022 International Orientation starts on Monday, August 22, 2022.
UB provides bus and shuttle services to get you around each campus and between the North, South and Downtown campuses. UB Parking and Transporation also provides a Mall/Market Shuttle to take students to and from grocery stores and local shopping centers.
Click on this link to learn more about the services provided by UB Parking and Transportation.
Many of your textbooks for your classes can be purchased at the UB Bookstore. New and (sometimes) used textbooks can be found stocked on their shelves. Secure you textbooks early so you don't fall behind on assignments.
Disclaimer: Neither UB nor ISS specifically endorse the products of the vendors listed on the vendor page.
Please follow instructions listed on the ISS Social Security webpage for information about how to apply for a Social Security card. F-1 students must have a job offer letter before requesting a DSO Letter for their Social Security Card application.
After you have addressed any holds on your account, please be sure to finalize your schedule for the semester. Students must be registered full-time (12 or more credits, or less than 12 credits will appropriate authorization) by the end of the drop/add period for the upcoming semester.
Your UB Card can be picked up from the UB Card Office in 1 Capen. Submission of your I-94 is required before you can collect your UB card. You must present an electronic or printed copy of your "SUBMITTED: F-1 I-94 Record" email (F-1 students), or "SUBMITTED: J-1 I-94 Record" email (J-1 students) , which you will receive from ISS after submitting a copy of your I-94 to the International Student Check-in, to the UB Card office when picking up your UB Card.
Graduate students can pick up their Welcome Gift from ISS during the Orientation Vendor Fair on Monday, August 22, 2022. Undergraduate students will receive their Welcome Gift after they have finished their required Undergraduate In-person Check-in.
Details about the Orientation Vendor Fair and Undergraduate In-person Check-in are posted in your International Orientation and Welcome Series Guide.
If you did not complete the Pre-Arrival Tasks before arriving in the U.S., please be sure to complete them now that you have arrived. Completing the tasks on the Pre-Arrival Tasks list and the Post-Arrival Tasks list will help aid in your transition to life at UB.