For admission to graduate study, international students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved U.S. regional accrediting agency or a degree that is equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree in the United States.
All international applications requiring student visas must be completed by June 15 for fall admission; November 15 for spring admission; and March 15 for summer admission for all graduate programs (except Canadian applicants). Students should also be aware of the individual department application deadline when considering enrollment. In some cases, departments want applications submitted prior to the Graduate School deadlines cited here. If there are questions, contact the Graduate School for further information on deadlines.
Josef Silny and Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants, 7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173, Phone: (305) 273-1616, Fax: (305) 273-1338
World Education Services Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745, Phone: (800) 937-3895, Fax: (212) 739-6100
Students should contact the organization or visit its website for the most current requirements and to request or download an application. Completed applications listing the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School as the recipient should be returned to the organization with the required fees and credentials. The organization will forward its evaluation report to Buffalo State. This evaluation can take up to four weeks to complete after all documents are received. Check with the organizations for specific fee structure(s).
Canadian Applicants: Students holding undergraduate degrees from a Canadian college or university should submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. If transcripts follow a system similar to that of the United States, they will be evaluated locally. If not, Canadian applicants will be required to comply with the above international student credential policy.
Applicants with a TOEFL score of less than 550 on the paper exam or below 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score less than 6.0, may be eligible for consideration after completing the ESL program and resubmission of the TOEFL with a score of 550 or higher on the paper exam or 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.
International students who do not meet the required English language requirement can be admitted to the Buffalo State’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP). Students who wish to pursue this course of action first have their application materials reviewed by the program of their choice. If their academic qualifications are reviewed favorably, the student is granted conditional acceptance into the Graduate School and admission into the ESL program.
The ESLP at Buffalo State is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program designed to help students with varying levels of English proficiency through coursework, interaction with native speakers of English, and individualized language practice. The program consists of six levels of English language study. Each level consists of 20 hours of class time per week (15 weeks spring and fall semesters; 8 weeks summer), plus an additional 3 hours of small conversation group practice.
Students seeking this option must first submit a completed graduate admission application. After careful review of the students’ academic qualifications and their ability to succeed academically, the Graduate School notifies students of their acceptance into the ESLP. Students must notify the Graduate School within 30 days of their acceptance whether they will pursue the ESLP option.
For program and general information about the ESLP, contact the Continuing Professional Studies Office (716) 878-5907.
Contact the International Student Affairs Office, (716) 878-5331, for more information about services for international students and for specific questions regarding homeland security rules and regulations, student visas, I-20, contact the International Student Affairs Office.
International students must show proof of financial support for the duration of studies on the Confidential Statement of Finances form. About $33,176 (USD) a year should be budgeted to cover expenses. By the time they arrive on campus, international students should have arranged for the funds to cover their college career. Payment of all college-related expenses must be made prior to the beginning of each semester.
Once an applicant has been officially accepted to a degree program, the Graduate School will mail an acceptance letter and the paperwork necessary to apply for an I-20 form. The applicant must return these forms to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) by July 8 for fall admission, December 8 for spring admission, or April 9 for summer admission. The ISAO will send an I-20 form to the student to obtain an F-1 (student) visa from the United States embassy or consulate in their home country.
International students are required to purchase SUNY International Health Insurance or have comparable coverage. The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year is $1,301 (USD). If a student possesses comparable health insurance, he or she is still required to purchase the medical evacuation coverage for $94.15. Services at the Weigel Health Center are available to all registered students free of charge regardless of insurance coverage.
International students may live on or off campus. On campus, they may live in the international residence hall, which remains open during United States holidays, or in any other residence hall, provided they move out of the hall during the holidays. Visit the Residence Life Office, (716) 878-6808, for more information.