Exchange (Visiting) Student Information



Upcoming Important Dates:

Fall 2020 Orientation Arrival Date:
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mandatory International New Student Orientation:
Monday, August 24, 2020 -Wednesday, August 26, 2020

First day of Classes:
Monday, August 31, 2020

Application Process

1. Complete the Canisius University Application for International Exchange Student Admission. Be sure that your name on the application matches exactly as it is displayed on your passport.

2. Submit all official transcripts from institutions attended. If you have already received a degree, please also include a copy of the diploma. These documents must be original or certified true copies stamped and signed by the issuing school. They must also carry the official seal of that institution. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. The submission of falsified documents is considered grounds for declining your application.

3. Complete the Certification of Finances page of the application with your sponsor. In addition, documentation of financial support is required for issuance of a visa eligibility form (I-20). Enclose original financial statements and an accompanying English translation (if necessary), demonstrating funding available for the period of study.

4. Complete the Physical Examination and Immunization Form for International Students. This should be completed and mailed in along with your application. If there are immunizations required on the form that you typically do not receive in your country, you will be able to receive these immunizations once you arrive. Please be sure that your physician completes the Physical Examination portion in English.

Download the Physical Examination and Immunization Form for International Students



Students that are interested in studying at Canisius for the Fall term (beginning in August) should submit their application by May 1.  Students interested in studying at Canisius for the Spring term (beginning in January) should submit their application by November 1.  The process of obtaining a visa can take a few months, so we recommend these application deadlines.

All application materials should be sent to:

Canisius University 
Office of International Student Programs
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

You may fax your application materials to: +1 (716) 888-3191 or email them to @email. While sending us an electronic copy will allow us to begin processing your application, we will need the original hardcopy of the application and supporting documents mailed to us.

If you are accepted as an exchange student to study at Canisius, you will receive your acceptance letter and form I-20 in the mail.  Instructions on how to make your deposit will be included in your acceptance letter. Included in the acceptance letter are instructions on how to fill out the housing application.  Once you have the form completed, you can either mail, email, or fax it back to us.   It is college policy that all international exchange students live on-campus in college owned residency. Housing assignments are completed on a first come, first serve basis based on your date of deposit to the college.

Download the housing application


International New Student Orientation

The Office of International Student Programs offers a mandatory 3-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.

Exchange Partner Universities

Canisius University welcomes exchange students from many different partner universities around the world. Below is a list of our current exchange programs offered.

University Location
University of the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia
Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Antwerp) Antwerp, Belgium
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul Porto Alegre, Brazil
Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janerio Rio de Janerio, Brazil
London Metropolitan University London, England

Université Catholique de Lille (Catholic University of Lille)

  • ESCI, Graduate MBA discount program
  • ESM-A, Graduate MBA discount program
Lille, France
Ecole de Management, Strasbourg Strasbourg, France
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin 
(Berlin School of Economics)
Berlin, Germany
Techische Universität Dortmund (Technical University of Dortmund) Dortmund, Germany
Katholische Universität Eichstätt (Catholic University Eichstätt) Ingolstadt, Germany
Lorenzo de 'Medici, Florence Florence, Italy
Lorenzo de 'Medici, Rome Rome, Italy
La Casa de la Solidaridad San Salvador, El Salvador
IQS- Universidad Ramon LLULL (Institut Quimic de Sarria School of Management) Barcelona, Spain
National University of Ireland at Galway Galway, Ireland
Sophia University Tokyo, Japan
Sogang University Seoul, Korea
Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, Spain
Universidad de Oviedo Oviedo, Spain
Universidad del Pacifico Lima, Peru
Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, Poland