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Graduate Programs in Architecture

International Student Admissions

International students

We welcome you to study architecture and planning at the University at Buffalo

Our Community is Truly Global

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 students from 110 countries. Here in Buffalo, we are deeply commited to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. About one-third of our students come from abroad, imbuing our programs in architecture and planning with diverse global perspectives. 

We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you and your dependent family members, if they accompany you to Buffalo.

Our resources that will help you succeed at UB include:

  • one of the best and most thorough international student orientation programs offered by any U.S. university
  • a mentoring program for new international students
  • world-class learning and research opportunities
  • many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities

Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

1. Apply online

Choose the appropriate degree program to begin the online application process.

2. Submit your official credentials

The following documentation should be uploaded to your online application. 

TOEFL Score

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency with either a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score. Students taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must score either 550 or higher on the paper-based version, 213 or higher on the computer-based version, or 79 on the internet-based version. Students submitting an International English Language System (IELTS) score must have earned a 6.5 overall score with no individual subscore below 6.0. A minimum PTE Academic score of 55 will be required with no individual section sub-score below 50.

Test scores must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed.

Official Transcripts

A copy of official transcripts must be uploaded to the application along with a copy of the certified English translation for all post-secondary academic work. Admitted students will have to provide both documents (either originals or Certified True Copies) upon enrolling in the program. If Certified True Copies, the copies must be issued / stamped by either the Office of Records and Registration or the Examiner's Office. Copies certified as true copies by other university offices or personnel are not acceptable.

Proof of Degree or Provisional Certificate

(bearing the original seal of your undergraduate institution)

International Applicant Financial Form

International applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of their intended study before the university can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20 or IAP-66). This form requires original documentation of financial support, including verification of personal/family savings, official scholarship from institutions or embassies, financial support letters from your government or employer, or official letters from credit institutions indicating approval of loans. Forms and additional information are available at http://wings.buffalo.edu/intadmit/

Student's Passport

A copy of the student's passport biographical page is required for students from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Middle East/Gulf. It is recommended for students from all other countries. Faxed and scanned copies are also acceptable.