International Welcome Weekend

International students gather for group selfie next to Baird Point.

Prepare for the start of the semester with an extended, on-campus experience just for new international undergraduate students. 

Program Overview

International Welcome Weekend is an extended experience prior to the fall semester for all new international undergraduate students. You will prepare for academics at UB, explore UB resources, and connect with other students.

  • International Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience from Wednesday, August 21, through Thursday, August 22.
  • Then, all new undergraduate students attend Welcome Weekend from Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25. 
  • Classes begin Monday, August 26. 

Learn more about program details and requirements below.

We cannot wait to welcome you to UB and help you plan for a successful first semester!

Additional Requirements

Some students have additional requirements prior to the start of the semester, during Welcome Weekend. View details below and plan your time to comply with all requirements. 

Program Details

International Welcome Weekend is a semi-structured experience, meaning that you will be assigned a specific schedule for portions of the experience, including your requirements, and can choose what is most important to you during the other times. 

You will receive your individualized schedule of assigned events, including times and locations, in your UB email on August 5. 



  • August 20 - on-campus resident move-in 
  • August 21 - International Welcome Weekend begins
  • Plan to arrive in Buffalo, NY no later than August 21

What's Required?

First-year students

First-year students have some required events during International Welcome Weekend, including:

  • Thursday, August 22 

Transfer students

Most transfer students do not have required events during International Welcome Weekend, but we strongly recommend you attend to get to know your new university. 

Students gather for the New Student Welcome event at the UB Stadium in August 2022. They walked on the field to form the interlocking UB. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

Review the schedule overview to see additional details for required and highly encouraged events.


Learn more about our favorite new student tradition during Welcome Weekend: the iconic human UB photo.

International Welcome Weekend Schedule Overview

Students on North Campus on the first day of classes for the fall 2019 semester. The Office of Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs hosted a first-day photo booth on the Spine. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

Review the schedule overview below for what to expect during International Welcome Weekend! 


Have a question about the weekend or anticipate a conflict? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.

How to Get to UB

Whether you're living on one of UB's campuses or commuting from an off-campus location, it is an exciting week of settling in to new places or routines! Use the information in this section to prepare for your first trip to campus in August.

Utilize UB's regularly scheduled shopping shuttles (view schedule here) or our Wednesday, August 21 shopping trip to purchase supplies after you arrive. 

Please note: family and friends are welcome to join to assist you with move-in and getting settled in Buffalo, NY. We strongly recommend reviewing your International Welcome Weekend schedule to plan when to say goodbye. 

Navigation Resources

On-Campus Move-In

If you are living in on-campus housing, we recommend you move in on Tuesday, August 20. You may choose to arrive earlier to allow for rest and adjusting to the Eastern time zone. The earliest on-campus move-in date for new students is Saturday, August 17.  

Campus Living will email you on July 31 to select your move-in date through the Housing Portal. Plan to arrive on the date you select to check in (get your key) and then you'll have a few hours to move in your belongings and settle into your space. 

Commuting to Campus

Plan to commute to campus each day of International Welcome Weekend to help you get familiar with how you navigate to and around UB's campuses.

Program Check-In

Check-in for International Welcome Weekend takes place on August 21 and August 22 on the first floor of Capen Hall at the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

If you plan to arrive by UB bus/shuttle, view the schedule for "North Campus Shuttle" and pick up the shuttle at your location to arrive to the Flint Loop.

If you plan to get dropped off, have your ride use Google Maps directions to Flint Loop to arrive at the south entrance of the building. 

If you plan to drive to UB, you may park at the Slee A Lot (enter 'Slee A Lot, University at Buffalo' in your GPS or navigational tool, or visit Google Maps for directions to Slee A Lot). Make sure your license plate is on record before your trip to campus; register your plate now (requires UBIT name/password).

Upcoming Tasks


Take action on all tasks listed on the New Student Checklist.

Need Help?

Helping new students transition to life at UB:

University at Buffalo
112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125


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