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International Studies

The International Studies concentration allows students to integrate the study of foreign language with courses on international topics and a regional focus correlated with the language chosen. Students are required to study a foreign language through the third year of the curriculum at UB.

Study abroad is strongly encouraged. See

IDP Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the Study Abroad Scholarship here.

Double majors are encouraged.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements for the International Studies major can be found here.

Careers and Further Education in International Studies

Our majors have gone on to pursue careers in intelligence, as translators, and as teachers. Graduates from this program have pursued graduate studies in international relations, political science, non-profit management, and global communications.

For a complete listing of graduate work and careers that our students have pursued please click here.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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