Graduate Programs in Urban and Regional Planning International 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

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

1. Apply online

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

Attention MUP + JD Applicants
  • Please apply separately to the Law School for the JD and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for the MUP
  • Applications should specify that the student is applying to the dual MUP/JD program
  • Students may also apply to the program while enrolled in either the Law School or Department of Urban and Regional Planning, meeting all application requirements, including taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

2. Submit your official credentials

The following documentation should be uploaded to your online application. 


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 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. 

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

TOEFL department code  97
GRE department code  4402
Institution code  2925


A copy of unofficial 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 official transcripts and proof of degree (either originals or Certified True Copies) upon arrival at the university. 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

Upon arrival at the university, students will have to submit a document. (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.

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.

Do you have an International Admissions Question?

Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
129 Hayes Hall