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International Education

The International Education office offers several programs for both students and faculty.  We are committed to providing excellent service from the moment you contact our office to the completion of your program.

Study Abroad

Buffalo State has a rich history of Study abroad with the first SUNY program in 1961 to Siena Italy.  Since then, Buffalo State has been sending students on short term, semester and year abroad programs for the past 55 years.

Students may study abroad on exchange, on a faculty led short term trip or travel with other SUNY programs to over 70 different countries.

The International Education Office is located in South Wing 430, visit us and our staff will be happy to explore opportunities for you to see the World.

National Student Exchange (NSE)

Since 1976 Buffalo State has had students participate in the NSE.  The National Student Exchange offers students the opportunity to study for a semester or year at one of over 170 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada. Participating in NSE enables students to access different campuses' resources, faculty and courses while living in a different geographical and cultural setting of North America. You can check out a school you are considering for graduate studies, or area where you think you might want to live one day.

  • Terms: fall and spring semesters.
  • Eligibility: full-time SUNY Buffalo State students only; minimum 2.5 GPA; minimum sophomore standing at the time of participation.
  • Credits: you must take a minimum of twelve semester credits/undergraduate credit available only.
  • Application Deadline: February for fall and August for spring.

Exchange Visitor Program

Authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Act of 1961.  The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.  Educational and cultural exchanges assist the Department of State in furthering the foreign policy objectives of the United States

The purpose of the Program is to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries. (22 C.F.R., 62.1)

Visiting Scholar Services is happy to assist Buffalo State faculty with inviting international visiting scholars.  We are devoted to providing an application process that will assist the scholar in obtaining a J-1 visa.

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Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4620