International applicants should possess the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary education and must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language and the ability to meet the financial costs of attending college. Accepted students receive an I-20 form or a DS-2019 form enabling them to obtain, respectively, an F-1 (student) visa or a J-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
All international students must enroll in a group health insurance plan, United Health Care Policy, offered by Buffalo State. The premium is subject to change each year. The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) website provides information about the required policy. Students will have the insurance premium added on their student bill in August. The insurance premium as well as the entire student bill must be paid to the Student Accounts Office in Moot Hall. Failure to pay health insurance is a violation of the student visa. Any international student who fails to make payment will have an international health insurance hold placed on their student record.
Approximately $36,000 USD a year will be necessary to cover all college expenses. Financial bank statements are required to show financial support prior to issuing the I-20 or DS 2019. International students who reside on campus may live in any residence hall. A Global Village is now offered in Bishop Hall. There is a fee to remain on campus during the winter break. The ISSS website provides additional information.
Buffalo State is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.