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Inviting a Visiting Scholar

The Exchange Visitor Program is designed to bring, among others, scholars, researchers, professors and specialists to the United States for a variety of educational and cultural exchange purposes. These individuals are often under the sponsorship of an agency or organization that has been designated as an exchange visitor sponsor by the U.S. government. SUNY Buffalo State has been granted this designation and, accordingly, is authorized to issue the Form DS-2019, the form used by the prospective Exchange Visitor to apply for their J-1 visa. The J-1 visa is set apart from all other non-immigrant visa classes by its underlying philosophy of educational and cultural exchange.

If your department is interested in inviting a visiting scholar to Buffalo State, please visit the following website:

For more information on how to invite a visiting scholar, contact:

The Office of Global Engagement

South Wing 410


Establishing a Study Abroad Program

SUNY Buffalo State offers over 20 international programs, many in partnership with universities and organizations abroad. Programs provide opportunities for students to study, intern, or student teach abroad, and for faculty to engage in international scholarly exchange. Each program is closely connected to one or more academic departments that are actively engaged in developing and promoting these overseas academic opportunities to students. If you are a faculty member or department interested in developing a partnership, program, or short-term course abroad, please contact the International Education Office for information on the international program proposal process.

Short-term Study/Service Learning Abroad - Program Development Handbook

Risk Managment

For more information, contact:

Tricia Herritt
Director, International Education
(716) 878-4620
South Wing 410




Establishing International Partnerships

All international agreements must be vetted in International & Exchange Programs.

A Guide to Creating International Agreements at SUNY Buffalo State

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Chancellor's Grant for Innovative Study Abroad Programs (ISAP Grant)

Each January there is a call for applications for the annual Chancellor's Grant for Innovative Study Abroad Programs (ISAP Grant). This is a SUNY-wide program formerly known as CAFI.  This competition provides financial support for the development of innovative study abroad programs as well the addition of new elements to existing study abroad programs.  Four (4) grants of $4,000 will be awarded across SUNY to programs administered during the academic year.  The application deadline is usually in March.

Undergraduate Research is another area to assist your students with funding.

UUP has supported our faculty in the past as they have participated in study abroad trips using the tuition assistance program.

Faculty are encouraged to seek their Dean’s approval and support of study abroad proposals.

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Global Engagement

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Twin Rise South Wing 410
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4620