International Student Admissions

  • You may apply to our program through the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS).

    As a PhD applicant, regardless of which biomedical field you pursue, you will apply through our gateway PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS). You will spend your first year in this interdisciplinary program, experiencing various options before committing to a research lab. After your year of exploration, you will officially join your chosen department in your second year.

  • How to Apply

    You can apply online. You’ll need to submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents before your application will be reviewed. You may save and edit your application as you go.

    Official documents will be required if you are offered admission.

    Once your application is ready, you must formally submit it to upload your documents.

    Check Your Status

    You may log in at any time to check your status.

    The online checklist is your best source about the status of your application during the review process; please check it frequently. 

    You will receive an email when your admission decision is available in the portal.

  • Academic Preparation for GGB Program

    Areas of study most suited to this program include biology, biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology and computer science.

    Ideally, candidates will have some background in both biology and computer science or mathematics.

  • Deadline

    Your application must be completed and supporting documentation must be received by December 15.

  • Requirements

    A bachelor’s degree is required to enter the program.

    You must submit the following credentials to apply:

    • transcript(s) from every postsecondary institution you have attended
    • three letters of recommendation
    • a personal letter stating career objectives and research experience; research experience is highly desirable
    • resume/CV

    Effective with the Fall 2019 admission cycle, we no longer require GRE scores of PPBS applicants.

    Strong consideration is given to students who majored in chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or psychology. Recommended undergraduate courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physiology, physics and mathematics, including calculus and statistics.

  • Fees

    Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.

Special Note for International Students

If you are applying from outside the United States, apply as early as possible to ensure time for application and visa processing.

Regardless of your program’s deadline, it is recommended that you apply at least 6-9 months prior to the term start date (depending on your country of origin). Check with your program’s application coordinator for specific guidelines.

UB is an International University

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 students from 110 countries.

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.

Resources to Help You Succeed at UB:

  • 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.

  • English Proficiency Requirement

    International applicants must present a valid English Language Proficiency test score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program. We recommend uploading scanned copies of your results at the time of application in order to expedite the review process.

    • Institution code: R2925 (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
  • Financial information

    You do not need to fill out the financial section of the online application. All accepted students receive a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.