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Additional Steps for International Applicants

1. Eligibility for graduate admissions

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.

2. English language proficiency

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. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded as the admissions office has the ability to verify scores.

The following tests are accepted:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The school generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 570 or 230 on the CAT TOEFL for admission. The IBT TOEFL is also accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better and no section lower than 22. Your TOEFL score report must be dated within two years of applying to this university. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02, respectively. For more information, visit the TOEFL website.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The university has established minimum acceptable scores at a 73 total and a minimum of 68 on each of the individual sections of the PTE. Students who enter the program with the PTE will be required to take an institutional TOEFL after arrival at the university at no cost. For more information, visit the PTE website.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The university requires a score of 6.5 overall with no section less than 6.0. The school reporting code is 4454. For more information, visit the IELTS website.

Score reports expire two years from the date the exam is taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports. Additionally, please 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.

3. Transcripts

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.

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.

4. WES evaluation

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, please be sure to remove the password protection prior to uploading the PDF.

5. Proof of degree or provisional certificate

All Indian 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.

6. Financial Documentation

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 Form carefully. Complete and upload the form along with official supporting documentation as PDF documents through the Graduate Application website. Supporting financial documentation should be a letter from a bank official stating the funds available (liquid assets) in US dollars. No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only, 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.

7. Passport photo page

International applicants must submit a copy of their passport photo page. Upload a scanned copy as a PDF through the Graduate Application site.

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