International student degree requirements
For admission to graduate study, international students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved U.S. regional accrediting agency or a degree that is equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree in the United States.
DEADLINES: All international applications requiring student visas must be completed by July 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; and April 1 for summer admission for all graduate programs (except Canadian applicants). Students should also be award of the individual department application deadline when considering enrollment. In some cases, departments want applications submitted prior to the Graduate School deadlines cited here. If there are questions, contact the Graduate School for further information on deadlines.
A completed international application packet includes:
- A completed online Graduate Admission Application.
- A $65 non-refundable application fee. Login to your previously submitted Banner Application to make the online payment by Visa or MasterCard. If you are unable to submit your payment online, please contact the Graduate School at (716) 878-5601 or email@example.com.
- Official or certified true copies of transcripts along with a certified English translation of all transcripts from postsecondary schools outside the United States.
- A degree evaluation is required for all students who have completed a bachelor's degree outside the United States. Applicants must submit official copies of postsecondary diploma(s)/transcripts to one of the following organizations for a document-by-document* or course-by-course evaluation to determine equivalency to a United States bachelor's degree:
Josef Silny and Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants, 7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173, Phone: (305) 273-1616, Fax: (305) 273-1338
World Education Services Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745, Phone: (800) 937-3895, Fax: (212) 739-6100
Students should contact the organization or visit its Web site for the most current requirements and to request or download an application. Completed applications listing the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School as the recipient should be returned to the organization with the required fees and credentials. The organization will forward its evaluation report to Buffalo State. This evaluation can take up to four weeks to complete after all documents are received. Check with the organizations for specific fee structure(s).
Canadian Applicants: Students holding undergraduate degrees from a Canadian college or university should submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. If transcripts follow a system similar to that of the United States, they will be evaluated locally. If not, Canadian applicants will be required to comply with the above international student credential policy.
*Academic departments may subsequently request that students obtain a course-by-course evaluation as well.
- Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as documentation of English language proficiency. Applicants with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper exam or 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher, may be considered for admission. Information on the TOEFL can be found at www.toefl.org. Information on the IELTS can be found at www.ielts.org.
Applicants with a TOEFL score of less than 550 on the paper exam or below 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score less than 6.0, may be eligible for consideration after completing the ESL program and resubmission of the TOEFL with a score of 550 or higher on the paper exam or 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.
Other International Student Enrollment Information
Contact the International Student Affairs Office, (716) 878-5331, for more information about services for international students.
International students must show proof of financial support for the duration of studies on the Confidential Statement of Finances form. About $32,701 a year should be budgeted to cover expenses. By the time they arrive on campus, international students should have arranged for the funds to cover their college career. Payment of all college-related expenses must be made prior to the beginning of each semester.
Once an applicant has been officially accepted to a degree program, the Graduate School will mail an acceptance letter and the paperwork necessary to apply for an I-20 form. The applicant must return these forms to the International Student Affairs Office which will send an I-20 form to the student to obtain an F-1 (student) visa from the United States embassy or consulate in their home country
Mandatory Student Health Insurance
International students are required to purchase SUNY International Health Insurance or have comparable coverage. The cost for the 2012-2013 academic year is $1,113.00. If a student possesses comparable health insurance, he or she is still required to purchase the medical evacuation coverage for $87.60. Services at the Weigel Health Center are available to all registered students free of charge regardless of insurance coverage. Visit the Weigel Health Center, (716) 878-6711, for more information.
International students may live on or off campus. On campus, they may live in the international residence hall, which remains open during United States holidays, or in any other residence hall, provided they move out of the hall during the holidays. Visit the Residence Life Office, (716) 878-6808, for more information.
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