There are many options for study at the University at Buffalo if you are not seeking a UB degree. Non-degree options offer a short-term experience without a long-term commitment away from your home country. You'll receive a world-class academic experience taught by our distinguished faculty, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the United States and Buffalo.
Non-degree study (sometimes called non-matriculated study) includes forms of study that do not lead to a degree. There are several types, but here is what is common to all non-degree students:
Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. on a valid visa may apply for non-degree study in any term (fall and spring semesters, and winter and summer terms).
International students living outside the United States are welcome to apply for non-degree study at UB for the summer or winter sessions.
International students living outside the U.S. are not typically permitted to engage in non-degree study during the fall or spring semesters.
If you are an international student living outside the United States and your current school has a formal exchange agreement with the University at Buffalo, we encourage you to apply.
Why spend your entire U.S. college experience in the same place? Spend a term in the beautiful Buffalo-Niagara region and explore a new part of the country during your studies.
If you are already registered at a U.S. college or university on an F-1 Student Visa, you may be eligible to take non-degree classes at the University at Buffalo. This is called “concurrent enrollment.” You can apply for concurrent enrollment for any term of study.
In order to apply for concurrent enrollment, you must:
If you are on an F-1 visa as a currently enrolled full-time student at another college or university in the United States, or if you are on OPT (Optional Practical Training), you may qualify for concurrent enrollment without needing to transfer your SEVIS record.
If you are currently enrolled full time at one of our partner institutions in the Western New York area, you can choose to take a class at the University at Buffalo while also taking classes at your current school.