International Applicants

The University at Albany welcomes students from around the world, annually enrolling approximately 1,000 students representing nearly 80 nations. All international applicants apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Degree Application Instructions

International applicants should follow the basic requirements for all degree applicants found at Information for Degree Applicants. Please note, your application cannot be processed, and you will not receive your application number, until you first submit your non-refundable fee.

Additional Application Requirements of International Students

  • To be considered for admission to UAlbany graduate programs, you must have completed a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.
  • Academic transcripts must be provided in the original language and accompanied by certified translations into English. An official certification of the award of all degrees is also required.
  • To document an international student’s ability to meet all expenses while attending UAlbany, a completed Student Financial Affidavit must be submitted. Supporting documentation evidencing financial support (bank statements, deposit verification, etc.) must also be provided. You can submit your financial affidavit after your file has been reviewed, however if you are selected for admission, your immigration documents will not be sent until official documents showing sufficient financial support have been provided.
  • Since proven English proficiency is required to ensure success in UAlbany’s graduate programs, the TOEFL or the IELTS exam is required for students whose native language is not English. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for students who previously have been enrolled for a minimum of two full-time semesters of academic courses (not including English language preparatory programs) at a college or university in countries where English is the primary language and maintained a B or better average.  If English is not the primary language of the country, students can also obtain a waiver if the college or university's primary medium of instruction is English and it is documented on the official academic transcript.  Waiver of the score submission requirement is subject to review by the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Departmental program review staff may also reserve the right to require submission of scores as a factor in consideration of applicant eligibility for admission or funding. 
  • If applying for UAlbany assistantships or fellowships, complete and submit a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Application.

Please submit your official documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
UAB 121
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

Additional Information Topics

For the answers to many common questions, please see International Student: Frequently Asked Questions.