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Global Reach

Working at home and abroad, UB students and faculty apply their knowledge to a range of projects addressing global challenges. From training earthquake engineers in Haiti to treating HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, the research and outreach we do at UB changes lives around the world.

Through a growing network of global institutional partnerships, UB is strengthening research collaborations, enhancing faculty efforts overseas and creating new opportunities for graduate students to gain international experience and make meaningful contributions to an increasingly globalized world.

Extensive Research at Organized Research Centers

  • UB spends more than $349 million annually on research
  • Much of the research happens through our 160 multidisciplinary centers and institutes and their affiliated partners
  • UB has one of the top 50 academic library systems in the United States
  • The Climb Up summer research program offers an outstanding opportunity for UB undergraduate students to explore graduate career options
  • The Pathways to Science Program: A project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP), this program supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

The university supports cross-disciplinary research in more than 40 organized research centers, including:

  • Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics – merging high-end technology (including supercomputing and visualization) with expertise in genomics, proteomics and bio imaging
  • Center for Assistive Technology
  • Center for Computational Research – one of the world’s leading supercomputing sites, supporting 50 research groups, 30 departments and more than 20 companies and institutions in the Buffalo region
  • Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Visit the Office of Vice President for Research for a full list of research centers and institutes, research facts, research news and information regarding the rigorous research being conducted at UB. We also encourage you to visit UB to see our state-of-the-art facilities for yourself and meet with faculty. Please contact your specific academic program to learn more about research being done in your discipline.

International to the Core

Situated near the border with Canada, UB is one of America’s most internationalized universities. We enroll a larger proportion of international students than any other university of our kind and our campus life is rich in cultural programming. UB is consistently ranked as a national leader in international enrollment. We recruit and retain high-quality, self-funded students from 115 countries around the world. Our outstanding orientation and support services are provided to international students.

Internationalized Faculty and Scholarship

UB has an increasingly internationalized faculty from every region of the world. Institutional partnerships and offshore academic programs create opportunities for international research. We are a leader in research and study about Canada, our next-door neighbor. More than 600 international scholars and researchers visit UB annually. Our centers and institutes advance the study of international topics, from language and literature to global health and cross-border trade. Leading-edge scholarship on issues of global significance is one of UB’s strengths.

Our Global Impact

Working at home and abroad, UB students and faculty apply their knowledge to a range of projects addressing global challenges. From training earthquake engineers in Haiti to documenting vanishing languages in Cameroon, the research and outreach we do at UB changes lives around the world. Through a growing network of institutional partnerships around the world, UB is strengthening research collaborations, enhancing faculty efforts overseas and creating new opportunities for graduate students to gain international experience and make meaningful contributions to an increasingly globalized world.

The World is Your Classroom

We offer an academic environment and campus experience that prepares you for life and work in an interconnected global society. Through coursework at home and opportunities to study overseas, you’ll acquire cross-cultural skills and a contextualized understanding of world affairs. UB continues to expand study abroad offerings for graduate students. With some 60 UB programs overall and more than 550 programs available through the SUNY study abroad consortium, you’ll find affordable programs in nearly every discipline. Increasing numbers of UB students successfully compete for prestigious international graduate fellowships, including Fulbright, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and National Science Foundation programs, to name just a few.

Pioneering Overseas Degree Programs

The university has a tradition of leading the way in overseas degree programs:

  • UB established the first U.S. branch center in China and the first U.S. MBA in China
  • Our executive MBA programs in China and Singapore have enjoyed nearly two decades of success
  • There are five UB undergraduate programs at the Singapore Institute of Management with a current enrollment of more than 1,500 students
  • We have established an MS program in management of IT services at Amrita University in Bangalore, India

UB Alumni Move the World

The University at Buffalo has a growing alumni community overseas, particularly in Asia, with alumni living in 130 countries. The International Alumni Program has alumni chapters in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Turkey.

"Graduate and professional education at UB is a global enterprise, enriched by the contributions of our growing international community. UB's strong international reputation, reflected in our ascent in various global rankings, helps us attract outstanding students from every part of the world, who are drawn to UB to be part of our thriving, globally engaged educational programs and research endeavors."


Stephen Dunnett

Vice Provost for International Education