Study Abroad Information Sessions – Fall 2020

Dear Students,

We hope this message finds you all safe and well! The Study Abroad Programs Team is available remotely this fall to help you plan your future study abroad experience. Connect with us during our Virtual Office Hours via Zoom, by phone (716) 645-3912, or email on Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM! An appointment is not required to join the Virtual Office Hours via Zoom. We are also happy to schedule one-on-one advising appointments with our Study Abroad Program Advisors to answer any questions you may have.

You are also invited to attend our Study Abroad Information Sessions as well as the UB & SUNY Virtual Study Abroad Fairs!


Thinking about participating in a future study abroad program? Don’t know where to start? Join one of our Study Abroad Information Sessions on Zoom to learn more. Study Abroad Programs Staff will present on 80+ UB programs, hundreds of SUNY programs, and information on financial aid and available scholarships—focusing on 2021 programs and beyond! There will also be time for Q&A to answer any questions you may have.

  • Tuesday, September 8 from 2:30PM – 3:30PM – Zoom Link
  • Monday, October 5 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM – Zoom Link
  • Friday, November 13 from 3:00PM – 4:00PM – Zoom Link


Every year study abroad offices across SUNY come together to host fairs at each participating campus to showcase the many opportunities students have to go abroad. This year the fair will be completely virtual via CareerEco! The fair will consist of chat rooms hosted by each participating campus. Students can sign in anytime during the three hours and use text or video to ask questions to program representatives and advisors. Click here to pre-register for the SUNY Virtual Study Abroad Fair.

  • Wednesday, September 9 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM

   **SAVE THE DATE: UB will also host its own Virtual Study Abroad Fair via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM. Registration details coming soon!

We wish you a successful fall semester and look forward to connecting with you soon!



Karen & the Study Abroad Programs Team

 Karen Joppe

Study Abroad Advising Assistant

P: 716-645-3912  |  E:

201 Talbert Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1604

When will #UBabroad?

*Virtual office hours via Zoom are available M-F from 8:30am – 4:30pm*


Have you download the UB Navigate App?

Navigate is an app that will help you manage your academic journey and connect effectively with the full range of resources at UB.

Use Navigate to:

  • Make an appointment. Instantly schedule a meeting with an academic advisor or tutor.
  • Set alerts and reminders. Stay on top of your to-do list and important deadlines.
  • Locate campus resources. Connect to resources and support throughout campus.
  • Sync your class schedule with your phone calendar. See your whole schedule in one calendar view.
  • Find Study Buddies. Start or join a study group with other students from your classes.
  • Explore majors. Discover best-fit majors and career information.

Student Success Gateway – Introducing Navigate


Course Information You Will Need When Ordering Your Textbooks

Ordering your textbooks

You will need to know some specific course information when ordering your text books.  You will find this information in your HUB Student Center.  With this information you will order your textbooks through the University Bookstore.

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Step 1 – Create a list of your Classes + Class Sections

  1. Open your HUB Student Center, and select the Manage Classes square. The default page for the Manage Classes section is View My Classes.
  2. You will want to know the Course abbreviation and Number (example PSY 101) and the Section. Some courses only has one component (example LEC = Lecture, or SEM = Seminar)
  3. Some courses may have more than one component, and there may be materials required for each component.

Course Component Abbreviations

  • LEC = Lecture
  • LR = Lecture + Recitation
  • LLR = Lecture + Lab = Recitation
  • LLB = Lecture + Lab
  • LD = Lecture + Discussion
  • SEM = Seminar

Step 2 – Visit the University Bookstore On-line

  1. Go to the University Bookstore.  The University Bookstore is a private company and therefore you will need to create an account with them. Your UB ID and password will not work for their site.  To create a University Bookstore account, click on the Sign in link at the top of the page. You should then see a Create Account link.
  2. Have you list of courses and sections
  3. Once your account has been created and you have logged in, then follow the steps in the Get Your Textbooks section.





Extended Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Period ends on May 16, 2020

The last day to submit a S/U from Spring 2020 Classes: Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may opt to have a course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) in lieu of traditional letter grades, where “S” indicates credit earned and “U” indicates no credit earned.

For further policy and procedure information on S/U grading, consult the Undergraduate Catalog Explanation of Grades and scroll down to the pertinent section called Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading. If opting to take a course S/U, be sure and also complete the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form.

For spring 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, students may request an S/U in lieu of a letter grade by completing the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form by the end of the final exam period of the semester. For spring 2020 only, S/U grades may be elected for any course including those that count toward UB Curriculum general education requirements and major requirements (with some limited exceptions). These grades will be noted by S* and U* in place of S and U, respectively. Pass (TP) and Satisfactory (TS) grades earned in transfer coursework completed in spring 2020 at domestic higher education institutions may similarly be applied towards UB Curriculum and major requirements.

To recover letter grades for courses taken in spring 2020 or later, please us the S/U tool (UBIT Name and password required). For courses taken prior to spring 2020, use the Undergraduate S/U Grade Recovery Request form.

Students in certain majors who select S/U grading for a course may not be able to count that course towards the major or major-prerequisites. The following majors are affected:

  • Nursing (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
  • Occupational Therapy (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
  • Accounting (Major Requirements only. MGA 201 and 202 may be taken S/U.)

Additional information on S/U grading for undergraduate students can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog covering the academic year in which the course was taken:

Source: Office of the Registrar: Special Grading Policies


May 16, 2020 is the last day to Resign from a Spring 2020 class

The last day to Resign from Spring 2020 Classes: Saturday, May 16, 2020

The last day to day to resign from a Spring 2020 class (15-week Standard Session, and or 7-week 2nd half of semester) is Saturday, May 16, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Before you Resign from a Class

Academic Advisor

Before resigning from a class you should speak with your academic advisor to determine if there may be consequence.  Your advisor or advising office contact information can be found in your HUB Student Center.  Click the Academic Progress tile.  This will bring you to the Advisors page where you will see the contact email for your advisor or advising office.

Financial Aid

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes and you receive Financial Aid you need to speak with a financial aid advisor, 716-645-8232 or via email at

International Student – Undergraduate

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes, then you must first schedule an appointment with one an International Student Services advisor to see if you can submit a Reduced Course Load form (this can only be done once during your Undergraduate career). Go to the International Student Services Contact Us page and  follow the instruction listed in the Schedule Appointment section.

How to Resign from a class

  1. Log into your HUB Student Center
  2. Click the Manage Classes tile
  3. This will bring you to the View My Schedule page.  On the left hand side of the page you will see a series of tabs, select the Drop Classes tab.
  4. You may then be asked to select a Semester or Term
  5. You will then see a listing of your current courses. Check the box of the course that you want to Resign and then click the Next or Continue button.
  6. On the next page you will see just the course you wish to Resign. Click the Finish Dropping button.


Spring 2020: The Academic Information You Need to Know!

Spring 2020: The Academic Info You Need to Know!

Get the information and resources you need for making decisions to support your academic success this semester.


Check Out Tutoring and Academic Support Services

See an academic coach to get tips on learning online, managing your time, staying organized, note-taking and studying effectively.

Need someone to talk to about your academics?

Book a one on one online appointment with an Academic Coach.

Tutoring & Academic Support Services


UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

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UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Taking a positive approach to personal development, Wellness Coaches focus on helping students set and achieve meaningful goals.

What is Wellness Coaching?

The UB Wellness Coaching Program seeks to help students define specific goals related to their overall health and wellness, and to identify and implement actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Using a strengths-based and non-judgmental approach, UB Wellness Coaches assist students in pursuing goals related to academic, physical, social, emotional, relational or spiritual wellness.

Examples of Wellness Coaching Topics

  • Academic Success
  • Active Living
  • Eating Habits
  • Financial Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sleep Habits
  • Social Connection
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

Who Can Benefit from Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a short-term option for students who have a goal in mind and need help formulating a plan to reach that goal. Students meet with their coach for an initial 45-60 minute session to discuss goals, values, and motivations for making the behavior change. After that, students may meet with their coach to follow up one or more times for 20-30 minutes to adjust the strategy and assess progress.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 716-645-3636.

Have you checked your Final Exam Schedule via your HUB Student Center?

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Final Exam Schedule

Your final exam schedule is available in your HUB Student Center. Go to your Manage Classes tile, and then click the View Exam Schedule tab.

Student Responsibility for Exam Conflicts

Beginning in the fall 2014 term final exam information will be available one week prior to the start of fall classes.

A final exam conflict exists when a student has:

  • Three or more exams scheduled on the same day
  • Two exams occurring at the same time
  • When a student’s exam occurs contemporaneously with his or her commencement ceremony for spring or summer conferral

Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take their exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.

Final Exam Scheduled for More Than One Classroom

If your final exam is assigned to more than one classroom, contact your instructor during the last week of classes to determine where to report for the exam.

Source: Register – Final Exam Schedule

HUB Training Tutorial: View Exam Schedule


How much time will you need to devote to a Winter Session Class?

Do you know how many hours you will need to devote to a Winter Session course?

Let’s start by looking at the time required for a 3.0 credit hour 15-week course.  Over the course of the semester a student would attend 45 hours of lecture.  Faculty typically expect that student will spend two hours outside of class per credit learning the material.  For a 15-week class this would mean 90 hours spent learning the material and preparing for test, projects, papers, and or final exam. Over the course of a semester a student is expected to devote 45 hour of classroom and 90 hours on out of class learning, for a total of 135 hours per 3.0 credit hour course.

Winter Session courses are typically three weeks in duration.

So if a student is supposed to devote at least 135.0 hours per 3.0 credit hour class, how many hours should a student plan on devoting to a winter session course? If we divide 135.0 by 3 (the number of weeks in a Winter Session course), a student should spend 45 hours per week on a 3-week winter session course.

Minimal hours required for Winter Session courses

  • 3.0 credit hour class:  45 hours of instruction + 90 hours outside of class = 135 hours in total, or an average of 45 hours per week
  • 4.0 credit hour class: 60 hours of instruction + 120 hours outside of class = 180 hours in total, or an average of 60 hours per week
  • 5.0 credit hour class: 75 hours of instruction + 150 hours outside of class = 225 hours in total, or an average of 73 hours per week