The University at Buffalo welcomes international transfer students who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a top-quality public research university.
Admission to the transfer class at UB is based primarily on your college/university grades. We are looking for students who excel academically, engage in extracurricular activities, and who maintain a good school-life balance. Transfer applicants are not required to submit a personal essay or letters of recommendation; these documents are optional for transfer applicants.
Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is based upon the facts of your educational background.
If a minimum of one item in statement 1 and all of statement 2 is true, then you are a freshman applicant. Otherwise you are a transfer applicant.
STATEMENT 1: A minimum of one item must be true.
A. I am currently studying in high school (secondary school).
B. Even though I am not in high school, I am studying a secondary school curriculum.
C. I have completed high school.
STATEMENT 2: This statement must also be true.
I have never enrolled in or studied at a postsecondary institution after completing secondary school.
Both are true? You will apply as a Freshman.
Any part not true? You will apply as a Transfer.
If you are not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.
TOEFL (IBT) (including MyBest scores)
|TOEFL (PBT) and TOEFL ITP Plus ||523|
IELTS and IELTS Indicator
ACT (English AND reading sections)
|SAT I ERWS ||500|
|Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)|| |
|Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) ||185|
|IB Higher Level English A Literature||4|
|IB Higher Level English A Language and Literature||4|
|AS Level or A Level English |
or English Language Subject
|Duolingo English Test (DET) ||105 **|
** Scores below 105 on the Duolingo English Test (DET) may be considered on a case-by-case basis as part of our holistic review process
Transfer applicants currently enrolled in a U.S. college who have:
NOTE: ESL classes, remedial English classes, and foundation English classes (for example, non-credit intensive English classes/programs) are not recognized for this waiver.