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University at Buffalo, SUNY

Program Overview 

Location: Buffalo, New York
Culture: International, collaborative
Neighborhood: Urban meets rural, neighborly
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced

Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is truly a global campus. It has been ranked among 25 US institutions that enroll the largest number of international students. University at Buffalo is the biggest public university in New York and the fourth largest public university in the Northeastern United States.

Located in the second-largest metropolitan area in the state of New York, the city of Buffalo is an urban city situated on the eastern shore of Lake Erie and 16 miles south of Niagara Falls, just bordering Canada. Since Buffalo is bounded by two of the great lakes, many students at the university enjoy outdoor recreational activities on the lakes such as kayaking and sailing as well as skiing and snowboarding. In fact, the university has over 3,000 students and members that take part of the ski club on campus!

Buffalo is often known for its neighborly and international residents. One of Buffalo’s nicknames is the “The City of Good Neighbors”. The city of Buffalo is large enough to have a professional sports team, but small enough to maintain the charm and convenience of small town living.

Student Profile

University at Buffalo is a great fit for SAF Scholars who want to study alongside other American students on a large U.S. campus, but also have personalized advising and tutoring throughout their studies. Furthermore, SAF Scholars who enjoy a blend of urban and rural life will have access to both in Buffalo without having to endure the everyday busyness of big city living.

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University at Buffalo Language

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Semester (Late August – Mid December)

Spring Semester (Late January – Late May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Progression: SAF Scholars will need a 61-69 iBT at time of application to be considered to progress from language to full academic. Must complete one full term of language program. Based upon results after one term, SAF Scholars may be eligible for concurrent or full admission.

Concurrent: SAF Scholars with a iBT 70-78 or IELTS of 6.0 (no band under 5.5) must complete two ESL courses designated by the university during their first semester along with two undergraduate courses.

Program Strengths

The University at Buffalo believes a supportive environment is essential for students. This provides SAF Scholars with strong, caring support services from staff and faculty. There are support centers for different subjects where SAF Scholars can seek academic support for math, writing and English.

# of Credits (per term)

SAF Scholars who are in their undergraduate career must enroll and maintain a minimum 12–18 credit hours per semester. 12 credit hours is the common credit load for visiting students.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Course Registration occurs at University of Buffalo’s orientation

Course/Departmental Restrictions

The following courses are restricted and are not available to international students. 
  • Courses within the School of Business

Graduate Courses

If undergraduate SAF Scholars are interested in taking graduate-level courses, they must get approval from the department before enrolling in the class.

Housing Type

On-campus dormitory 


Meal plan required

Type of Room

Single, double, triple, quad
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

There are over 300 organizations and clubs, including over 25 international clubs that SAF Scholars can get involved in while studying at University at Buffalo. SAF Scholars have access to life and learning workshops that assist students in getting adjusted to university life.

Life on Campus

University at Buffalo is a welcoming and supportive campus with students from various backgrounds. It has as an active student body, where students volunteer or are involved in student organizations. When not on-campus, many students take public transportation to explore downtown to see a sports game, go shopping or eat at a local restaurant.
Last Updated: 1/9/19