International applicants must have completed an academic program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. Students may apply during the final year of such a degree program, but must furnish proof of graduation before the end of the first semester of enrollment.
All applicants who are not native English speakers, including those who are transferring from or who have completed degree programs at other U.S. colleges or universities, must prove their English language proficiency by taking a standardized test and reporting the score to the University at Buffalo. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded as the admissions office has the ability to verify scores.
The following tests are accepted:
Score reports expire two years from the date the exam is
taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports. Additionally,
plan accordingly to allow yourself enough time to prepare for the
exam and for the score to be reported by the intended application
deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If
admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to
Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded in PDF format through the Graduate Application website for admissions review. Transcripts for all undergraduate credits must be uploaded for admissions consideration. Upload the front and back of transcripts (if back is blank, you do not need to upload the back). The Graduate Application checklist has more than one line item for transcripts. If you only attended one undergraduate institution, you may ignore the second line item.
Chinese academic documents must be provided in original language
and in English. Both versions are required for admissions
consideration. Chinese applicants should also upload a copy of
their degree certificate provided in original language and in
Indian applicants must also upload a copy of their proof of degree as a PDF. For additional information regarding Indian 3-year degrees, see additional information [PDF].
If offered admission, you must submit an official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended to finalize admission. Further instructions will be provided in your I-20 package regarding the documents that you must bring to campus. Review the instructions included in the I-20 package. Do not send documents via postal mail or email, as they will be discarded.
For students receiving undergraduate degrees outside of the United States, we encourage submission of the World Education Services (WES) Basic Course-by-Course Evaluation in addition to unofficial transcripts. This evaluation is encouraged, but not required. See an example. If you choose to upload a copy of this report along with your transcripts, remove the password protection prior to uploading the PDF.
All Indian and Chinese applicants must upload a copy of their proof of degree or provisional certificate (if proof of degree has not been issued yet). Upload this document as a PDF through the Graduate Application website.
All international applicants must document their ability to meet
all educational and personal expenses for the entire period of
intended study before this university can issue an I-20 or IAP-66.
It is essential that you read the international applicant financial
Complete and upload the form along with official supporting documentation as PDF documents through the Graduate Application website. Acceptable supporting financial documentation examples are listed on the UB international applicant financial form. Please only submit one of the examples as noted on the form.
No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for I-20 and visa issuance. Documentation may be submitted after you receive an admissions decision, but we recommend that you submit it with your application to avoid potential delays in the issuance of your I-20.
International applicants must submit a copy of their passport photo page. Upload a scanned copy as a PDF through the Graduate Application site.