International and Exchange Programs
South Wing 410
Center for China Studies
South Wing 430D
The Center for China Studies promotes and coordinates research, scholarly exchanges, academic programs, and economic development with China. Center activities advance the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of students, faculty, staff, and the general community by providing an international perspective regarding China in the context of an ever-changing and diverse world.
International Education Office
South Wing 410B
International study is available in more than 50 countries overseas through Buffalo State and SUNY-sponsored programs. The International Education Office coordinates Buffalo State-sponsored international study in Australia, Canada, China, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Romania, and Spain. Faculty and staff may develop short-term study sessions in other countries as well.
International Graduate Programs for Educators
South Wing 430
International Graduate Programs for Educators fosters lifelong academic, intellectual, and personal success through the promotion and dissemination of research, information, publications, and other resources focusing on learning, teaching, and productivity styles. The center delivers overseas master’s, graduate, and professional development programs taught by faculty members in the Computer Information Systems, Creative Studies, Educational Foundations, and Elementary Education and Reading departments. The program’s office is an affiliated center of the International Learning Styles Network.
International Student Affairs Office
Campbell Student Union 400
Various services are available to international students through the International Student Affairs Office, including academic advisement and personal counseling. In addition, the office helps students regarding visas, work permits, and regulations of the Department of Homeland Security. A one-day international orientation program is provided for new international students at the beginning of each semester. The office distributes numerous publications, including Information for New Students from Abroad, International Student/Scholar Orientation Guidebook, Directory of Faculty and Staff with International Qualifications, Guide to Businesses and Attractions in Western New York, and Newsletter International. The office also administers English-language competency and placement exams. International Student Affairs coordinates the American Host Family and International Friendship programs, pairing international students with American families. It coordinates a Global Perspectives program in the Western New York community, an English Conversation program, a Residence Hall Peer Mentor program, a Faculty/Staff Resource program, and the college’s International Alumni program. The office organizes international cultural events, workshops, and seminars throughout the year on campus.
National Student Exchange
South Wing 420
National Student Exchange is designed to expand the scope and variety of academic, social, and cultural experiences available to students. It enables qualified students to spend a semester or a year at one of more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States, its territories, and Canada. The program, organized through the National Student Exchange Consortium, provides an inexpensive means of studying in another state by paying tuition at Buffalo State or at the host school at the resident rate. To be eligible, a student must be in good academic standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Special Programs Office
South Wing 420C
The Special Programs Office administers National Student Exchange and the Visiting Student Program.
Visiting Student Program
Buffalo State students may attend participating colleges and universities for a semester or a year and transfer credit hours to Buffalo State. Students should consult with their academic advisers about institutions that best meet their educational goals. Departmental approval is required as part of the application process, which is coordinated by the Special Programs Office. Deadlines are May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. There is no visiting student status during the summer.