International Students

International Students

International Students

The Office of International Student Programs is designed not only to serve future students of Canisius College, but also to provide assistance to our current international students whenever needed. We offer a number of services and activities that enrich the college experience for both international and American students. These support services address the special needs of those students adapting to a foreign environment far from home, family and friends.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to make your stay at Canisius a pleasant one. We are located in the lower level of Frisch Residence Hall. Feel free to stop in with any questions or concerns, or just to say hello!


The Office of International Student Programs offers a mandatory 5-day orientation program to familiarize new international students with American culture, college life and Canisius itself.  During orientation, students meet with faculty and administrators from different departments on campus. This program is designed to help new students get organized and prepared for the academic semester. In addition to meeting with different administrators and offices, social activities are also planned to allow the new international students to get to know each other and the city of Buffalo together. More information on the Mandatory International New Student Orientation can be found here.

Assistance with Immigration Matters

The immigration regulations affecting international students are complicated and difficult to comprehend. The Office of International Student Programs assists the international students in complying with these regulations by explaining the benefits and responsibilities of their visa status. Before making any changes to your student status, course schedule, or accepting a job, international students should stop by the Office of International Student Programs to discuss how these changes may affect their F-1 visa status.

Programs with You in Mind

The Office of International Student Programs sponsors many programs throughout the year that either encourage the international students to embrace American culture or to share the uniqueness of our international student’s culture with the Canisius College campus. Two of our main internationally themed programs include International Education Week each November and Global Fest in the spring semester.  Global Horizons, a student organization for American and international students, also plans many activities throughout the year such as attending local sporting events, laser tag, and cultural dinners for it’s members.


Working in the United States

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to participate in off-campus employment. CPT authorization is employment pursuant to an internship requirement or internship elective that is an integral part of the established curriculum and will be counted towards completion of your degree. It must me directly related to your major. To pick up an application and learn about the eligibility requirements to participate in CPT, please stop by the Office of International Student Programs.

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is the opportunity for F-1 students to receive off-campus work experience within their field of study. There are two types of OPT: pre-completion and post-completion. OPT may be authorized for a maximum of 12 months. Not all students are guaranteed to be approved by USCIS for OPT. If you think you may be interested in applying for OPT upon graduation, please make an appointment with the Office of International Student Programs to learn if you are eligible to apply and to pick-up an application packet. We recommend that you do so no less than 30-60 days prior to end of the semester.