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Frequently Asked Questions :

When are classes held?

Classes are held during the day from Monday through Friday. There are no evening or weekend classes.

What class level will I be in?

On registration day you will be given a proficiency test, a writing assessment and an oral interview which will be used to place you in a class appropriate to your level of English. Class levels range from high-beginning to advanced.

How will I be evaluated?

During the fall and spring semesters, you will receive a mid-term and final evaluation by all of your teachers. Students enrolled in the 8-week summer session will receive a final evaluation.

What will I receive at the end of the semester?

At the end of each semester, students will be given a post-test and a written evaluation with letter grades. Each student will have a final conference to discuss progress and future plans. Students who attend 90% of all classes and take both pre- and post-tests will also receive a Certificate of Attendance.

What kinds of cultural activities can I expect?

Activities are planned to help students learn English and experience American culture. Examples include local trips, picnics, parties and sports, as well as informational talks on Culture Shock, Safety and Immigration matters.

How long can I study at IELP?

You may continue to study at IELP for as long as you'd like. Many students study for at least two semesters in order to improve their level of English proficiency.

Who can apply?

The Intensive English Language Program accepts high school graduates age 17 or older who have previously studied English.

How do I apply?

Mail the following items to the Intensive English Language Program:

  • The application form.
  • The financial statement.
  • A bank or agency statement on original bank letterhead.
  • A non-refundable application fee of US$80 in the form of an international money order or bank check payable to the University at Albany.

When we receive your application, financial statement and application fee, we will send you an I-20 Form (Immigration and Naturalization Certificate of Eligibility). You will need the I-20 Form in order to receive an F-1 student visa at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in your country.

How do I apply for Conditional Admission to University at Albany?

Students must complete an Undergraduate Application and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) application. A fee of $180 ($50 for the undergraduate application and $130 for the IELP application) must be submitted with the application package. All acceptance packages will be sent via express mail service.

Please send both applications to:
John D. Pomeroy
Assistant Director for International Recruitment
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University at Albany State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 USA
Tel: (518) 442-5435 Fax: (518) 442-5383

How do Conditionally Admitted IELP students become undergraduate University at Albany students?

Upon successful completion of IELP, achieving a 79 IBT or 6.0 IELTS score, and having the recommendation of the Director of IELP, students will be able to matriculate as full-time undergraduate students.

How will I find a place to live?

On-Campus: If you'd like to live on campus, we will arrange for you to stay in a university residence hall in a double room.

Off-Campus: Students choosing to live off campus must make their own arrangements. It is necessary to arrive in Albany at least a week before registration day to locate and rent an apartment.

What is included in the tuition and university fees?

  • Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, and Speaking classes
  • 20+ class hours per week
  • TOEFL skills taught in every class
  • Orientation and Campus Tours
  • Academic Counseling
  • Most textbooks and materials
  • Communicative classes
  • Professional, dedicated faculty and staff
  • Most cultural activities and speakers
  • University facilities including computer labs and libraries
  • University recreational facilities including fitness center and pool
  • University Health Center
  • Local bus service between the two campuses
  • Certificate of Attendance

What other costs will there be?

Health Insurance

Medical insurance coverage is REQUIRED for all international students at SUNY Albany. Students are automatically enrolled in International Health Insurance each semester. The medical insurance is for illness or accident, and covers almost all of the costs that might be incurred. For more information about this insurance, please visit the ISS Health Insurance web site.


Students living in the Residence Halls on campus will be billed for room and board each semester. Students living off campus in apartments can expect to pay for utilities in addition to rent.


Students living on campus can choose from several meal plans listed on the UAlbany Dining Site.

Renter's Insurance

Students living on and off campus are encouraged to purchase renters insurance.





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