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On Campus Plus in New York State

Key information

Study in

Start dates:
August, January

August start:
Semester 1, August – December
Semester 2, January – May
January start:
Semester 1, January – May
Semester 2, August – December
Course length:
2 semesters (per year)
Class size range:
20 on average

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School and an average GPA of 3.0
TOEFL iBT 79/ IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
Minimum age:

If your TOEFL/ IELTS score is lower than the above, you can still apply for this program but will need to take 1–4 terms of the Undergraduate Preparation Program to progress your English language to the required score.


This program is taught by Canisius faculty. After 2 to 4 semesters, you will gain sufficient academic credits in order to progress to complete your degree at Canisius in just 4 years.

The New York State Advantage


The State University of New York is the largest and most comprehensive state university system in the USA. It offers a fantastic breadth of opportunity with over 400,000 students enrolled on undergraduate programs across 64 campuses.


New York State offers the ideal location for international students. Of course, there is easy access to one of the world’s great cities — New York — and great transport connections. Yet this is also a beautiful region of mountains, lakes, forests, and coastline. What’s more, it is just a short trip over the border to Toronto in Canada.


As one of the world’s financial and business powerhouses, New York is the place to be for anyone aspiring to success in an international career in business, science, law, or the arts. The SUNY system has close links with many of the best companies located here.


The On Campus Plus program ensures that international students acclimatize to the USA university system while attending the same classes as their American fellow students. Kings staff are on hand to counsel students on their study plan in their Year 1 and advise students on next steps, i.e. what they want to study from their Sophomore Year onwards.


From Kings Life

Student spotlight: Eui Eun Noh

On Campus Plus student at Canisius, Eui Eun Noh, has received an offer to transfer to Ohio State University, currently ranked 52nd in the US.

Read the full blog post

About Canisius

Canisius logoCanisius is the largest private university in Western New York State, and is consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in the Northeast. Founded in 1870, the Unversity today occupies 32 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo.

Canisius offers the best in quality academic programs and facilities, and an outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Learning takes place in state-of-the-art campus facilities and in out-of-class settings through exciting field study and internship opportunities.


  • #23 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities North category
  • #8 in Best Value Schools category for Regional Universities in the North


  • Renovated halls with double or suite-style rooms and five bathrooms per floor
  • Social lounge, kitchenette, and study room to each floor
  • Student rooms all equipped with cable television and internet access
  • Computer lab and laundry facilities
  • Apartment-style housing also available for older students

Program content and structure

The Academic modules are taught by Canisius university faculty and attended by all students. This means you will be studying and mixing with American students right from the start of your course.

Academic modules across 5 pathways

Students can choose one of five pathways:

  • Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Engineering and Sciences
  • Business
  • Digital Media Arts
PathwaysSemester 1 (Fall)Semester 2 (Spring)
Computer Science First Year Seminar
Intro to Religious Studies
Art History
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
Intro to Programming
European History
Liberal Arts First Year Seminar
Intro to RST
Intro to Art History
Intro to Comparative Politics and Government
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
European History
Engineering and Sciences First Year Seminar
General Chemistry 1
Computer Programming
Intro to Engineering Design
Writing about Literature
General Chemistry II
General Physics 1
Intro to RST
Business First Year Seminar
Intro to RST
Management Technology
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
Mathematics or Business Statistics
Intro to Management
Digital Media Arts First Year Seminar
Intro to Religious Studies
Intro to Art History
Intro to Digital Media
Intro to Web Computing
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
European History
Digital Media Culture
Physical Geography

Support on campus

Aside from the Academic modules, the International Office at Canisius is available to provide you with on-going support during your time at the University.

Kings staff collaborate closely with the Canisius International Office and are also available via Skype or email to help you with any issues you might have on campus.

Our rigorous student support program is designed to ensure you quickly settle in to American college life, and to maximise your potential in everything from English and study skills to extracurricular experience.