Situated on the border with Canada, UB is one of America’s
most internationalized universities. Our international community
includes a diverse faculty and more than 5,000 international
students from 115 countries. Along with a wealth of cultural
programming, these scholars enrich our campus life, creating
opportunities for cross-cultural exchange at home in Buffalo.
Support for International Students and Scholars
Excellent support services for international students and
scholars are one reason UB has managed to triple its international
enrollment in the past 15 years.
We offer a special, week-long orientation for international
students, along with an array of ongoing support services designed
to help members of our international community succeed in the
classroom and enjoy all that Buffalo has to offer.
International Student and Scholar Services is the office at UB
that helps members of UB’s international community adjust to
life in Buffalo. Support includes immigration services, trips,
activities, workshops on all aspects of studying and living in the
U.S., and more.
The English Language Institute in the Graduate School of
Education offers English language instruction, cultural orientation
and pre-academic training to international students, scholars and
The institute conducts UB’s Intensive English Program,
which specializes in preparing students for university study, along
with the English as a Second Language Program for current
undergraduate and graduate students.
International Student Organizations
More than a dozen student organizations enable UB students to
explore other cultures or meet friends from their home
Many of these groups host holiday celebrations, dance
competitions and other cultural events, and play an important role
in welcoming and supporting compatriots arriving at UB.
Part of UB’s Campus Life, the Intercultural and Diversity
Center promotes diversity through programs, workshops and events
that offer students opportunities to engage in dialogue and
celebrate differences and commonalities.
In a region of the world where tsunamis and monsoons threaten millions of lives, the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (UBARI) initiates and supports research on topics including trauma, extreme events and disaster management.
Pavani Ram, an assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, is looking for simple solutions to pressing public health problems: namely, how to prevent the spread of disease from unsanitary conditions.
Following a destructive earthquake in Haiti, MCEER, UB’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, is partnering with a Haitian university to train engineers and architects to design buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
The Colombian city of Pasto, population 400,000, and several small villages sit at the foot of Galeras Volcano. Galeras is a threat, and UB’s Center for GeoHazards Studies is working to improve the community's disaster preparedness.