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Pre-Arrival & Orientation Information

Pre-Arrival & Orientation Information

New International Student Orientation

New undergraduate and graduate students participate in New International Student Orientation upon arrival to campus. New International Student Orientation assists with acclimation to life at Buffalo State, discusses resources available on campus, and allows you to meet other students who are new to Buffalo State and the United States.

Spring 2023 Orientation:

New Student Orientation for Spring 2023 will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 with classes beginning Monday, January 30, 2023.

Spring 2023 Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 6:00 p.m.  Airport pick up

Thursday, January 26, 2023 8:30 a.m.  Technology Building Room 160 orientation begins

8:30-9:00   Breakfast served

9:00-12:00 Meet Department Representatives from the campus.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-4:00 Prepare for Academic Success through presentations and technology

4:00-5:30 Shopping trip to  Target

5:30-6:30 Dinner at Wegmans  Trip Buffalo Chicken Wings 

Friday, January 27, 2023 Join New Student Orientation for the entire campus and meet your academic advisor.

Monday, January 30, 2023 classes begin

Fall 2023 Orientation: New International Student Orientation for Fall 2023 will be held on Monday, August 21, 2023 to Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students will meet with their academic advisor on Friday, August 25, 2023. Fall 2023 classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2023.

International New Student Orientation Schedule

Saturday, August 18, 2023 

Airport Pick up 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday, August 19, 2023

Brunch on campus students 11:00 a.m. Bengal Kitchen Campbell Student Union

Cookout all new international students 6:00 p.m.  Tent Outside Butler Library 

Monday, August 21, 2023

International Student Orientation begins 8:30 a.m.  Room 160 Technology Building

  • Meet Campus Staff
  • Learn Visa Regulations
  • Get Student ID card
  • Register for Fall term
  • Engage with students
  • Optional Shopping Trip

Program Day one ends 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Day 2 Orientation begins 8:30am Room 160 Technology Building

  • Health and Wellness presents on staying healthy while studying in US
  • Tips to learning in the American Classroom
  • Meet Student Leaders from Campus
  • You are Welcome to Buffalo State reception with faculty

Program Day two ends 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • Personalized Campus Tour
  • Engage in activities 
  • Tour Art Gallery
  • Meet current international students

Program Day three ends 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Join new students throughout the campus for orientation.

Registering for Classes

It is important that new international students register for orientation and submit their Weigel Health Forms as soon as possible. After you confirm that you will be attending Buffalo State with the Office of Admissions, you will be sent a link to register for orientation. After submitting your New Student Health Form to Weigel Health Center, an academic adviser will work with you to develop your fall semester class schedule. Transfer students who bring 30 or more US credit hours will be given access to register for classes by their academic department.

Airport Pick-Up

Each semester, Buffalo State offers a complimentary shuttle at a single designated time picking up at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and dropping off at Buffalo State's campus.

Spring 2023 Shuttle Pick-Up: Our complimentary shuttle for the Spring 2023 semester is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:00PM. This shuttle will pick students up at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 6:00PM and transport students directly to Buffalo State's campus. If you would like to use this service, please confirm with Tricia Herritt prior to arrival by emailing herrittl@buffalostate.edu.

If you are arriving at a different time please take a taxi from the baggage claim area of the airport.  The cost of transportation is typically $35-40. 

Fall 2023 airport pick up will be Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

New International Student Move-In

Spring 2023: The Residence Halls opens to new international students who will be living on campus on Wednesday, January 25,2023 at 6:00 p.m. You will not be permitted to stay on campus prior to Wednesday, January 25,2023 at 6:00 p.m.

As a reminder, all students who are under the age of 21, with less than 60 credit hours are required to live on campus. Students are also required to show proof of COVID vaccines prior to arrival in the US. Please submit COVID vaccine documentation to the Weigel Health Center at weigel@buffalostate.edu

First Day of Classes

Spring 2023  January 30

Fall 2023  August 28

Cost of summer orientation is $375, this includes all meals during international orientation and all the New Student Orientation costs.

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International Student and Scholar Services

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  South Wing 410 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5331 •  Fax: (716) 878-3054   herrittl@buffalostate.edu