Preparing for Arrival

You have your admission letter in hand. Now is the time to get your visa and prepare for life in Buffalo. But you don't have to figure it out on your own. 

On this page:

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) can help address your immigration concerns, and support your life in Buffalo.

Topics covered on the ISS website include:

  • Visa information
  • International Student Check-in
  • What to expect when you arrive in Buffalo
  • On-campus employment and obtaining a Social Security Card
  • Travel as an international student
  • and much more!

New International Student Check-In

You can get started with your required online check-in once you have paid your tuition deposit. 

This process helps you activate your student record, giving you access to course registration before you physically arrive on campus. It also helps us plan for your arrival!

Arrival date

It is critical that every student arrive in the U.S. on or before the start date on their I-20 or DS-2019.

Arriving Late?

If you have any concerns about your ability to arrive on time, please contact our office directly via email at

Your U.S. Visa

To come to the U.S. to study, you will need to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Most international students come to the U.S. on F-1 visas, while some come on J-1 visas. However, there are some other visa categories that permit studying (H-1B, H-4, L-2, E-2, etc.).

Rules for your studies, employment, vacation, and travel may change depending on your visa. While most students will have to follow F-1 immigration regulations, some will follow other regulations.

If you are already in the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 student, it may be possible to transfer your SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record from your current school to UB.

Orientation & Welcome Programs

New to UB Orientation Programs

All first-year and transfer undergraduate F-1 students will participate in the New to UB orientation programs to help you get a successful start at UB.

Graduate International Student Welcome

In addition to any orientation program provided by your academic department, graduate international students will participate in International Student Welcome.  Welcome activities help you get settled before the start of your first semester here.