University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB)

University at Buffalo, State University of New York Overview

The University at Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive university in the State University of New York system with almost 30,000 students.

It was also the first public university in New York to be admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities. A leader and innovator in higher education and beneficial discoveries, UB is in the top twenty in the U.S. in international student enrolment. The education you receive, out-of-class opportunities you seek and relationships you form will benefit you for the rest of your life!

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB).

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies and the following Engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Medical and Sport and Exercise Science.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 27th August 2018 - 17th December 2018  28th January 2019 - 18th May 2019

Application Deadline: 15/03/2018



Below are estimated costs of attending Buffalo per semester for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  Cost US$
Housing and Meals $7,236
Books/Supplies $750
Fees/health insurance $2,304
Personal Expenses $1,250

Requirement for local/national health insurance: Students required to purchase UB international insurance; may be waived upon arrival with proof of comparable insurance.


Due to limited space, the University at Buffalo cannot officially guarantee on-campus housing to all exchange students. However, our exchange application deadlines have been set to give exchange applicants the best chance for securing an on-campus room. Generally, exchange students who apply for on-campus housing before May 1st or December 1st will receive an offer for an on-campus room. Therefore we strongly encourage students to submit their exchange application by our deadline so we can process their application in time for them to apply for on-campus housing. Please note students cannot apply for on-campus housing before they receive official notification of their acceptance to UB.

UB offers two options for On-Campus Housing:

Traditional Residence Halls: Rooms are shared with one, two or three roommates. There are shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common lounges for students on each floor. For students coming to UB in August, the residence hall agreements (housing contracts) will be for the fall and spring semesters. Students staying for the fall semester only will have to apply for early termination of their housing agreement before the end of the fall semester. Please note there are residence halls on both the North Campus and the South Campus. There is a free UB shuttle service that connects the two campuses.

Apartments: Rooms are single bedrooms in an apartment with three roommates. Each apartment has a kitchen, living/dining area, and semi-private bathrooms. It is important to note that the apartments are on the North Campus and have 10- or 12-month contracts.

Visit the UB Campus Living website for more information on housing options. 

When students receive official notification of their acceptance to UB, they will receive a housing booklet and instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing. Students will be required to apply online, pay a housing deposit of $300, and complete an online Residence Hall Agreement and Housing Preference Questionnaire. The University Residence Halls & Apartments office will send on-campus housing placement information directly to students in late July and late December. Students with an on-campus placement can check in early for the International Student Orientation. A fee of $35/night will be charged for each night spent in the dormitories until the regular contract begins. Details for early check-in will be sent to students prior to departure.

UB Dining Services operates four residence hall dining centers (breakfast and dinner), two food courts, two restaurants, a kosher deli, and four satellite lunch centers. There are also numerous coffee and snack shops in addition to a variety of campus vendors. Several meal plan options are available for purchase.

Off-Campus Housing: If students prefer to live off campus, it is their responsibility to arrange their own housing. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of campus resources and advice while searching for housing and before they sign a lease or contract. Before students begin, there is excellent information specific to international students on the UB International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website. The UB Off-Campus Housing office also has a search engine for off-campus listings. This allows students to select criteria for their search such as maximum rent, number of bedrooms, area, etc. 

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.