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Global Perspectives

We welcome international students to our community and value their global perspectives inside and outside the classroom. In fact, our commitment to creating a positive environment for international students has won us seven national awards, including the inaugural Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Our International Students

Nearly 1,000 international graduate students from over 92 different countries are enrolled at Binghamton University—numbers that have increased steadily over the past ten years. In 2011, the ten countries with the largest enrollments were:

India 278
China 243
Republic of Korea 68
Turkey 56
Jordan 23
Kenya 23
Taiwan 21
Germany 9
Canada 8
Colombia 8

"When I arrived at the Watson School, I knew absolutely no one. I got to feel 'at home' in this school very soon. When I say 'at home' I am thinking about the people in this school: teachers, technical and administrative staff. To somebody else, these might sound like small things; to me, they are important and stay at the very heart of the appreciation I have for this school: support when needed, advice when asked for."

- Cosmina Hogea, PhD
Mechanical Engineering, 2005



We understand that your adjustment to a new culture will be challenging, which is why we strive to provide our international students with as much support as possible. As an international graduate student of Binghamton University, you will have access to the following resources:

Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

ISSS assists with the visa process and helps you understand U.S. regulations pertaining to International Students. In addition, ISSS offers programming and services to help you adjust to Binghamton University, including the International Student Orientation, the Friendship Family Program and the International Spouse Program.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

This program is designed for newly admitted students who need more experience and instruction in English in order to do their best academic work. The program offers ESL courses as well as an English Conversation Pairs Program.

International Student Organizations

These organizations help international students adjust to their new culture while sharing their home culture with others through social gatherings. They also help students find housing, locate services, and understand U.S. academic regulations. For a complete list of International Student Organizations, click here.

  • Binghamton University Japanese Association (web)
  • Chinese Student and Scholar Association (web)
  • European Student Association
  • Graduate African Student Organization
  • Indian Graduate Student Organization (web)
  • Korean Graduate Student Association (web)
  • Taiwanese Student Association
  • Turkish Student Association (web)

Social Media

Connect with current Binghamton University students via social media. Current Binghamton students seek to connect and assist prospective, admitted, and enrolled students. They often respond to questions and assist with international students' arrival in the U.S.

Computer Access

The computers within all Binghamton University libraries have software that let students input characters or scripts from various languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Hebrew, into word processing documents, email, Internet search engines, and database searches. This software will also help you to communicate and keep in touch with family and friends. The Main Library offers a session for graduate students to learn how to use the software.


Currently on-campus housing is not available for graduate students. However, graduate students find off-campus housing very affordable and available. The University's Off-Campus College office can provide help in locating housing and housemates. Click here for more information on housing and transportation.

Study in the States

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a website designed to help international students who want to pursue their studies in the U.S. Study in the States provides current and prospective students with a step-by-step guide for what they need to do (in terms of documentation, visas, and so forth) to study in the U.S.

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Last Updated: 6/18/15