The information below is for students who have earned a bachelor's degree outside of the United States, or are not a citizen of the United States, and are applying for a master's degree offered at or online through Buffalo State. Applicants interested in the International Graduate Programs for Educators, a program through Buffalo State held at American/International Schools, should visit: http://igpe.buffalostate.edu.
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 July 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; and April 1 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
SpanTran, The Evaluation Company, 450 7th Avenue, Suite 1107, New York, NY 10123
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 Intensive English Language Institute (IELI). Intensive English Language Institute students must complete required coursework in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as documentation of English language proficiency.
The ESL program 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. Students may study up to 1 year in the ESL program.
Students who wish to pursue this course of action must first submit a completed graduate admission application and have their application materials reviewed by an academic department. After careful review of the students’ academic qualifications and their ability to succeed academically, the student is granted conditional acceptance into the Graduate School and admission into the IELI. Students must notify the Graduate School within 30 days of their acceptance whether they will pursue the ESL program option. Upon successful completion of these requirements, students may then enroll as a full-time student in their program of study.
For more information and to apply to the Intensive English Language Institute IELI, contact the Office of Global Engagement. For specific questions regarding homeland security rules and regulations, student visas, and I-20 information, contact the office of International Student and Scholar Services.
Contact the International Student and Scholars Services, (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 and Scholars Services.
International students must show proof of financial support for the duration of studies on the FSA-4 form. 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. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for information regarding the cost of attendance and visa requirements.
Once an applicant has been officially accepted to a degree program, the Graduate School will send an acceptance letter. The office of International Student and Scholar Services will contact the application regarding the necessary I-20 papework to obtain a (student) visa from the U.S. embassay or consulate in their home country.
International students are required to purchase SUNY International Health Insurance. 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 any residence hall, break housing can be requested for an additional fee and students may be relocated to the open buildings for breaks. If you intend to live on campus, you must have all your application materials and your application for housing in by June 1st. Visit the Residence Life Office, (716) 878-6808, for more information.
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