Summer Studies and Research Opportunities for International Students

Enroll in engineering and computer science courses this summer at the largest university in the State University of New York system and enjoy all that the Buffalo-Niagara region has to offer.

Anishka, an LSAMP Summer Researcher in a lab.

Studying at the University at Buffalo for a summer session provides a short-term opportunity to experience everything a major research university and the Buffalo-Niagara region have to offer. It's a great way to sample UB's many opportunities and then return home or continue on for degree study.

Per visa requirements, international students must enroll in 6 credits of study.

To learn more about non-degree study for international students, visit UB International Admissions.

Available Courses

Courses offered during the summer semester are made available in early January at UBThisSummer. Students may choose to take one course in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a second course offered by another academic unit.

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Research Opportunities

Our students and faculty engage in fundamental research and pioneer new technologies that address big challenges faced by society, with research expenditures totaling 74 million US dollars annually.

To meet the 6 credit enrollment minimum, summer students may apply to participate in 3 credits of hands-on research in addition to a formal course. Participants will utilize modern research labs and receive mentorship from faculty members recognized internationally for their research.

These selective opportunities are reserved for students entering their senior year in the fall. To learn more about available opportunities, please  complete the SEAS Summer Research Interest Form below.

Students collecting water samples at Woodlawn Beach.

Cultural and Professional Development Programs

SEAS hosts a series of cultural and professional development programs for students visiting for the summer including:

  • Day trips
  • Sporting events
  • Social gatherings
  • Career skills workshops
  • Graduate Studies Information Sessions

In addition to on-campus programming throughout the summer, International Student Services also hosts various cultural, outdoors, and sightseeing trips and activities.

SEAS students at fireside social.

International students registered for at least one SEAS summer course at UB should email Chelsea Montrois at to receive email communications about cultural and professional development opportunities.

Tuition Costs and Accommodations

Summer tuition rates, as well as room and board fees in on-campus housing are announced at the end of the spring semester. Information from past summer sessions is available below.

Summer 2018 residence hall rates:

  • Shared room in residence hall: 25 US$ per day*
  • Single room in residence hall: 29 US$ per day*

Summer 2018 tuition and fees:

Additional fees:

  • Mandatory summer health insurance: $316 US$*

*Prices reflect costs for 2018 and are subject to an approximate annual increase of 3-5%. Updated costs will be posted as soon as they are available. 

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