With hundreds of programs to choose from, selecting a study abroad program can seem like a daunting task. It is our hope that this website will provide the information needed for you to find the study abroad program that is right for you. In addition to the information provided here, our staff is available to help you in every step of the way!
Registration for Study Abroad
All University at Buffalo students studying abroad through UB or any SUNY 4-year school (not community colleges), and non-SUNY students participating on a University at Buffalo Study Abroad or Exchange Program are registered through UB Study Abroad Programs for the academic credit hours to be earned during their studies abroad. University at Buffalo students electing to participate on non-SUNY study abroad programs are required to notify the UB Study Abroad office. These students will need to complete the Leave of Absence Form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
Grade and Credit Transfer
We emphasize the importance of student academics on the study abroad program and expect all students to perform at their best academically while abroad. Outlined below are the ways in which grades and credits will be transferred from various study abroad programs.
For UB students on UB Sponsored Programs
Course names, credit hours, and letter grades will be recorded directly on your official UB transcript. These grades will be averaged into your GPA.
SUNY Sponsored Programs
Your official UB transcript will indicate your participation on a SUNY-sponsored program abroad by listing the total credit hours earned and a pass/fail grade. A transcript supplement with course names, credit hours and letter grades will be added to your records. Grades are not averaged into your GPA.
SUNY Community College Sponsored Programs
Participation on a two-year community college sponsored program requires your completion of the Leave of Absence Form through the Registrar's Office. You will register at the sponsoring campus. Credits earned abroad will be transferred to UB and are shown as transfer credits on your official UB transcript. An official transcript should be sent to UB’s Office of Admissions upon conclusion of the program.
Non-SUNY Sponsored Programs
Participation on a Non-SUNY sponsored program requires your completion of the Leave of Absence Form through the Registrar's Office, as well as registration at the sponsoring campus (if any). Prior to departure, students must ensure that UB’s Office of Admissions will accept credit from the institution issuing the transcript (school of record). Credits earned abroad are shown as transfer credits on your official UB transcript. An official transcript from the school of record should be sent to UB’s Office of Admissions upon conclusion of the study abroad program.
Study Abroad Programs- Office Policies
Policy for International Students Studying in Home Country
The University at Buffalo encourages all students from all backgrounds to study abroad. UB defines studying abroad as the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a country other than one’s own. Therefore, UB will not approve study abroad at locations where students have completed secondary education. This policy does however allow for those students who may be heritage learners. UB defines heritage learners as those students who were born in a country, or have strong familial ties to one country, yet have not completed secondary education in that country. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the Study Abroad Programs Office.
Policy for Exchange Students on Short-Term Study Abroad Programs
UB Study Abroad Programs is happy to have our exchange students participate in summer or winter study abroad programs- as long as they understand they are responsible for full payment of the program costs. Our winter and summer study abroad programs are not included as part of our tuition-waived exchange agreements.
Policy for UB Transfer Students Applying to UB Semester Exchange Programs
UB transfer students interested in participating on a UB semester exchange program must have completed one full semester (12 credits or more) at UB. Students can begin applying for UB administered semester exchange programs abroad during their second (full-time, 12 credits or more) semester at UB.