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Studying at Medaille in Buffalo: A Complete Learning Experience

Since 1875, Medaille College has been educating people to make a positive impact around the world. We are a four-year, private college offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Buffalo, NY, a world-class city minutes from Niagara Falls and a short car ride to Toronto.

Medaille faculty and staff have years of experience in international education and are ready to help students thrive in various cultures, embrace new ways of learning, and gain real-world experience through professional internships. 

Our international students and alumni come from many different countries, including: China, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Korea, and Vietnam.


Admissions Requirements

  1. Medaille College Online Application (no fee to apply)

  2. Official high school transcripts. If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated into English by a recognized agency. We accept any service that is a member of NACES (
  3. Official college transcripts (if applicable), translated into English by a recognized agency.
  4. Official SAT/ACT Scores (only if English is your native language; SAT code=2422 ACT code=2822)

  5. English language proficiency test (only if English is not your native language); the minimum acceptable scores are as follows:














An English proficiency test is not required from those who have graduated from a high school, college, or university in one of the following countries:












Chrisopher (St. Kitts)










(except Quebec)



















New Guinea



Please send supplementary materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) to:

Medaille College
Undergraduate Admissions
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214

Once your application is complete, admissions will notify you in writing of the decision. If you are accepted for admission, you should plan to submit your enrollment deposit as soon as possible so that your I20/F-1 Application can be processed.

International students may qualify for partial merit scholarships, but Medaille. does not grant full scholarships. Need-based financial aid is available to international students. More information is available here.**link to FA for international** 

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I-20 / F-1 Visa Information Page

Apply and be accepted by August 1st for a Fall start or December 1st for a January start. This will certify that you have been officially accepted and verify that you have sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance at Medaille.

To obtain an I-20, all students must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Medaille College, by August 1st.
  • Complete and sign the I-20 application.
  • Submit the deposit for tuition/fees and room/board ($200 US total).
    • Students attending through one of our international exchange programs need only submit a room/board deposit of $100US.
  • Provide financial documentation that shows sufficient funds to cover the cost of ONE YEAR of your education (tuition, fees, room, and board). Acceptable documents include:
    • Official bank statement(s) (must be within 30 days of applying for I-20).
    • Signed bank letter stating sufficient funds.
    • Copy of a loan approval letter.
    • Approval of additional aid or scholarship awards.  Financial support documentation from anyone other than the student (such as family member(s), agency(ies), organization(s), must be accompanied by a signed letter from the funding source stating their name, relationship to the student, and consent to support the student. 

**Please note:

  • Exchange students are responsible for Room & Board charges ONLY.
  • All international students are required to live on campus, except Canadian students that are within a commutable distance from Medaille College.

Do I need a visa to study at Medaille College?


Citizens of Canada do NOT need to obtain an F-1 visa to study in the United States. Canadian citizens can be issued a valid I-94, which will allow them to enter/study in the U.S. They will be required to have the following documentation in order to approve the issuance of the I-94:

  • Proof of identity and citizenship (a Canadian passport for example).
  • The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate.
  • Proof that you have paid your SEVIS fee.
  • Proof that you have the funds to pay for the school that you plan to attend.
  • Proof of your ties to Canada.

For more information on how to obtain this, please visit:


All non-Canadian international students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa in order to study in the United States. To apply for an F-1 Visa, you must do the following after obtaining your I-20:

  • Submit form I-901 and pay the SEVIS fee here:
  • Upon completing your payment, you must print a receipt, which you will need to bring to your visa interview. Receipts will no longer be mailed by SEVP.
  • Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to schedule an interview for an F-1 student visa*.
    • A list of consulates and embassies can be found at
    • This step can take several weeks to complete so plan accordingly.
    • To help you prepare for your visa interview, go to the EducationUSA website for a list of counseling centers.

For more detailed information regarding obtaining a student visa (F-1), please visit: 

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Scholarship support for international students

Medaille supports students from throughout the globe through merit scholarship awards and need based financial aid.

Merit Scholarships:

International students who submit either one of the English language proficiency tests accepted by Medaille College or SAT/ACT scores will be considered for merit-based scholarships. The merit scholarships are awarded during the application process. These scholarships range from $5000 - $15,000 USD per academic year and are renewable for a maximum of 8 academic semesters.

Need Based Financial Aid:

All international students who want to be considered for financial aid need to complete the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) for 2014/2015 AND submit at least one of the following: English language proficiency tests accepted by Medaille College or SAT/ACT scores. You may download this application or a copy may be obtained from our Financial Aid Office. The following documentation must be submitted along with your completed ISFAA to be considered for aid:

  • Verification of parental income for the most recent tax year: This would include tax return forms (if applicable to your country) and/or wage statements from employer.
  • Bank letter with current savings account balance.
  • Financial institution letter with current investment portfolio balance (if applicable).

It's strongly recommended that documents are submitted with an English translation, and foreign currencies converted into U.S. dollars.

The ISFAA and supporting documents are due to the Financial Aid Office by March 1st for priority consideration.

For questions regarding this process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 716-880-2256 or at

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Intimate campus in the heart of Buffalo

Medaille's size (nearly 2000 undergraduate and over 400 graduate students) fosters strong personal relationships between students, faculty, and staff. This is especially important for international students looking for support and resources as they learn their way around the culture, the classrooms, and the city. Our campus, located in a beautiful part of Buffalo, provides a safe, supportive, and comfortable setting, and is close to all that Buffalo has to offer.

Medaille is located near the heart of Buffalo’s world-renowned medical area, so that students have easy access to some of the best healthcare in the world. Buffalo also boasts a wide array of places of worship that are easily accessible to our students.

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For more information:

International Admissions

Tony Rudolph, Admissions Counselor


Phone: (716) 880-2200


Pre-College ESL and American Culture Program

Tim Hartigan, Director


Phone: (716) 880-2322