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UB Pre-Meds without Borders Brings you World Health Club Fair May 1 in the SU Lobby

Posted by on April 30, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

World Health Club Fair event on May 1 at 11AM-2PM in the SU Lobby.

This fair will bring awareness to a disease(s) that affects different regions of world. Participants will be handing out flyers or can make a poster of the disease and how it is affecting people for the event. You can pick any disease or condition that you are passionate about. SA Clubs participating can also receive 1 SA participation credit if two club members are present.

If you are interested, please sign up use this link:



Study Healthcare in Jamaica Information Session

Posted by on April 11, 2018 in Study Abroad

Behavior-Driven Disease: A Global Epidemic

Winter Session, 2019

All undergraduate students majoring in a health profession should explore this exciting opportunity to study abroad and gain hands-on learning experience in their field while being immersed in Jamaican culture.

Topics of this winter session class will include: link between sedentary/poor diet, obesity and chronic disease; healthcare disparities in a developing country; comparison of medical models in the United States and Jamaica.

Information Session:
Wednesday, April 25th
5:00 p.m. 107 Capen Hall


Costa Rica and Nicaragua Fall 2018 Apply by April 1

Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, UB Curriculum

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Study Abroad Opportunity
Fall 2018

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Costa Rica and Nicaragua study abroad program for undergraduates.

15 Credits: 6 Global Perspective (Thematic) credits, 6 Management Elective Credits and 3 credit practicum.

Apply by April 1st!

Send your resume, unofficial transcript and a paragraph of how this opportunity will further your academic and professional experience to



Ghana Winter 2019

Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, UB Curriculum

Ghana Study Abroad Opportunity
Winter 2019

Non Medical Team: January 1-15, 2019

3-6 UB Credit Hours
Fall 2018 semester class: MGG 206/606
Time Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:20 p.m.

Theme focus: HealthCare, Education and Economic Development

For more information, please email Professor Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah at:


2018 Study Abroad: Tanzania Registration Deadline is March 1

Posted by on February 5, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

A Unique Study Abroad Experience

Are you looking for a once in a lifetime adventure for this summer?  Join us for our 2018 study abroad course to Tanzania led by Drs. Mara Huber (Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Director of the UB Experiential Learning Network) and Dan Nyaronga (Associate Professor, Empire State College) and featuring Dr. Melinda Lemke from the Graduate School of Education. The course, offered to students of all majors and backgrounds will focus on “Community Development in Context: Girls Education in the Mara Region of Tanzania.”

Trip highlights will include:

  • 2-week trip will begin and end in Dar Es Salaam, the dynamic port city on the Indian Ocean
  • After flying from Dar to Mwanza , we will drive along Lake Victoria to the Mara Region for 4 days of learning and engagement
  • During our visit in the Mara Region, we will engage with projects and partners that are working to build capacity for girls and women
  • Along with students and UB faculty, we will participate in a day-long conference on girls’ education in this region
  • Following our time in Mara, we will enjoy a 2-day guided safari through the Serengeti Game Preserve and Ngorongoro Crater with a 1-night stay inside the park
  • The course is co-led by Huber and Dr. Dan Nyaronga, a Psychology Professor from Empire State College who is from the Mara Region. Additional faculty from UB will be participating as well.

Lodging and accommodations:

The trip will include accommodations that range in luxury from basic (hostel-type setting) to 4 stars (equivalent). Although specific accommodations have not been finalized, the following have been included in past trips and will most likely be featured:

Academic and professional benefits:

  • Enhanced global knowledge
  • Enhanced cultural competence
  • Opportunity to focus final project on topic of interest
  • Customization of trip to ensure that all students have high-impact/interest experiences
  • Stories, pictures and memories to last a lifetime
  • Past participants have leveraged experiences to support graduate school and fellowship/scholarship opportunities while also helping to clarify graduate, civic and professional interests

Course instructors

 Mara Huber:

Associate Dean

Undergraduate Research & Experiential Learning

Director of the UB ELN.

 Dan Nyaronga:

Associate Professor, Empire State College

(from the Mara Region of Tanzania)

Melinda Lemke (featured faculty member)

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership & Policy

Graduate School of Education

Registration deadline: March 1st

Please contact Mara Huber with questions about the trip


Study Abroad – Photo Contest

Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Community Announcements, Study Abroad

World View: Study Abroad Photo Contest and Exhibition

Tuesday, November 16
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2nd Floor, Student Union (Flag Room)

The Office of Study Abroad Programs will be hosting their 15th annual Photo Contest on Thursday, November 16th in the Student Union Flag Room from 11am-2pm. Each year, they have study abroad participants submit photos illustrating their study abroad experiences and welcomes the UB community to come see the photographs taken all over the world by UB study abroad participants. There will be a presentation to announce the winners and refreshments will be provided.  Mark your calendars to come to this International Education Week event, and vote for your favorite photo for the People’s Choice Award!


SALAM 2018 Study Abroad Summer Arabic Language and Media Program Deadline to apply is December 31

Posted by on October 23, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

SALAM 2018: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities.

Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.

For more information and to apply, please visit:


Alternate Spring Break Opportunities

Posted by on September 29, 2017 in Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities, Study Abroad, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Alternative Break Program: The Alternative Break program lets you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your fall break (Thanksgiving), winter break or spring break. By spending time immersed in a new community, you’ll learn about your role as a global citizen, make new friends and connections, and discover how you can become an agent of change.

2017-18 Trip Descriptions:

Alternative Fall Break – Working with the Cleveland Leadership Center in Cleveland, OH (Nov 24-26)

The Cleveland Leadership Center is the premier center in the Cleveland community for building and engaging civic leadership capital.  They offer a variety of civic leadership programs and engagement opportunities designed to foster civic responsibility; create a culture of leadership that is inclusive, collaborative, and progressive; and make a dynamic impact on the community. Participants on this trip will be working with a variety of community organizations. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $250)


Alternative Winter Break – Environmental Sustainability in the Louisiana Wetlands (Jan 21-27)

Participants of this trip will travel to the Louisiana wetlands to discover the beauty of the bayou and the rich and vibrant culture of those that call it home. The group will learn about the cultural and ecological history of southern Louisiana and complete community service projects that will increase the long-term sustainability of this important region. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $825)


Alternative Spring Break – Women’s Rights History in Seneca Falls (March 17-19)

On this exciting alternative break trip, students will explore the rich history of the women’s rights movement. Participants will travel to Seneca Falls, NY and visit several of the sites that are integral to this movement. They will also perform dynamic service, making an impact within the visited communities. (Estimated Trip Cost For Students – TBD)


Alternative Spring Break – Give Where You Live in Buffalo, NY (March 19-23)

While staying in Buffalo, students participating in this trip will explore a variety of social issues affecting the Buffalo area. Students will volunteer with various community organizations and get a broader sense of the city. It is our hope that students will be left with an appreciation of our city and a passion to continue to volunteer and make change in our own backyard. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $155)


Alternative Spring Break – Educational Programs in the Dominican Republic (March 17-24)

Working with Outreach360, students will help teach English to the kids in Santiago, DR. Students will live out Outreach 360’s vision (to transform the world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice) while learning about the history of the Dominican Republic, exploring the culture and discuss what it really means to “make change” happen in a community. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students- $1600)

Application Link for Students: 

Application Link for Staff Advisers:  


UB South Asia Summer Language Scholarships

Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Scholarship Opportunities, Study Abroad

Current UB undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for funding to attend intensive summer language programs offered by the American Institute of Indian Studies. Applications for funding will be evaluated by UB Asian Studies Program faculty and staff. The South Asia Summer Language Scholarship supports the full cost of tuition and roundtrip airfare to India. An additional subvention for living expenses may also be available based on funding levels. We anticipate awarding two student scholarships for summer 2018.

About the Language Program

Participants are expected to devote their energies to activities that will increase their proficiency in all skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For eight weeks at each AIIS language center, there will be at least four hours a day of classroom instruction and individual tutorials with regular out-of-class assignments requiring interaction with community members. Attendance is mandatory in class as well as at other activities such as cultural visits, films, and plays. There is special emphasis on connecting with the local speech community and self-management of learning. Participants are encouraged to identify and prioritize their language learning needs and keep track of their language development. Students are encouraged to stay with host families. Note that this is not a research program. Participants are expected to devote all their energies to learning the target language. For more information, please visit the AIIS Language Programs website.


  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Those applying for Bangla, Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu must have completed at least one year of language study before attending the program. Two years of prior language study are required for Sanskrit. Applicants for Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, and Kannada may apply at all levels, including beginning. Applications for other South Asian languages (Pali/Prakrit and Mughal Persian) will also be considered.
  • At the time of application for this award, applicants must have already applied to an AIIS summer language program. The deadline for submitting materials to AIIS is December 31, 2017.

Criteria for Selection

  • Awards will be based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose.

  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences while in-country for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their study abroad experience upon returning to UB.

  • The applicant’s plans to enroll in additional South Asia-related courses including a required 1-credit South Asia seminar in the fall semester following their return from India.

  • Preference will be given to students seeking to learn “critical need” languages (Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu).

  • Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have also applied for the Critical Language Scholarship (deadline November 15, 2017) and/or Boren Awards (UB internal deadline November 15, 2017)

Required Application Materials

  1. Completed AIIS Language Application in a single PDF including:
    • Application form (available as both a word and pdf document on the AIIS web site);

    • one-page (less than 500-word) statement of purpose describing your academic reasons for selecting a particular program, detailing how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals, and how the program benefits your personal, academic, and professional development. This may be the same statement prepared for the AIIS application.

    • Evaluator Worksheet (available on the AIIS web site)

    • Transcripts: Applicants should scan their undergraduate and graduate transcripts (from U.S. or Canadian universities only) and include them in the single pdf file.

    • Confirmation (email or scanned document) from AIIS indicating receipt of complete AIIS summer language program application

  2. Recommended: documentation confirming submission of completed applications for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarship.

  3. Applicants should also submit two (2) letters of recommendation emailed as an attachment directly from their professor or instructor. Instructors may also mail their recommendations in a sealed envelope signed by the professor to Asian Studies Program, 412 Clemens Hall, Buffalo NY 14260.

Deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018

Unless otherwise indicated, all materials must be emailed to

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at or 716-645-3474 if you have any questions.


Semester in London Spring 2018

Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Study Abroad

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to transform yourself and set your resume apart from others who will graduate with the same academic credentials you will earn. Gain international work and life experience in a customized UB program by studying abroad in London, one of the most diverse, culturally exciting, and globalized business cities in the world!

UB Semester in London Jan 10-Apr 21, 2018, with guaranteed career-relevant professional internships. Please visit for more information and to apply today!

Be efficient, too, and make the semester program do double duty. If you have taken SOC 101, the UB Semester in London program plus one more SOC elective finishes up the minor in Sociology! But don’t wait, apply NOW to complete your application by the October 8 deadline.