OIE connects UB with the world, fostering a globally competent community whose international engagement is informed and impactful. To fulfill this mission, OIE will:


  • Attract, admit and retain diverse and talented international students, scholars and faculty
  • Provide effective, professional immigration services to UB’s international community
  • Support inclusion and engagement for students, staff and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Internationalize the curriculum to increase global competencies
  • Deliver transformative, international educational experiences for faculty, students and scholars
  • Advocate and support the mobility of students and researchers to promote global learning, scholarship and service
  • Leverage the intercultural competency, knowledge and experience of OIE staff and campus partners
  • Advocate for collaborative campus-wide efforts to ensure that international perspectives are infused in policy and practice throughout UB
  • Enhance the engagement of overseas alumni and grow UB’s global network


For the past decade, UB has implemented a strategic plan for comprehensive internationalization approved by senior leadership encompassing three broad dimensions—the student experience, the faculty and the institution as a whole.

Student Experience

  • Integrate global content and perspectives throughout the curriculum.
  • Strengthen foreign language and area studies.
  • Provide international opportunities from the first year.
  • Send more students abroad.
  • Offer more international cultural programming.
  • Instill and credentialize global competence.
  • Integrate international students and make them a resource for domestic students


  • Facilitate faculty engagement in internationalization efforts.
  • Recognize international research, teaching and service in tenure and promotion.
  • Eliminate barriers and create incentives to internationally oriented work.
  • Encourage and reward participation in study abroad,exchanges and international research.
  • Leverage the experiences and networks of international faculty and researchers.


  • Increase visibility of UB’s international identity and engagement.
  • Monitor and publicize international activities across the institution.
  • Integrate the internationalization agenda within administrative structures university-wide.
  • Reorganize foreign language instruction to enhance language learning.
  • Strengthen institutional infrastructure for area studies.
  • Pursue a strategic approach to international partnerships.
  • Enhance ongoing engagement of international alumni with UB.
  • Increase philanthropic support for international education.
  • Make UB an international resource for the larger community.