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International Celebration RSVP

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy will host a ceremony for graduating international students, study abroad students who are graduating, as well as exchange students and scholars who are returning to their home countries at the end of the semester. The Celebration will be on Thursday, December 7th 2017 at 2:30pm in the Campus Center Ballroom, with a reception following in the Assembly Hall Fireside Lounge for students and their guests. If you are a graduating student or departing exchange student or school, to RSVP for this event please go to:

RSVP will close on November 14, 2017. If you RSVP for this event and don’t attend, you will NOT receive a sash.

We look forward to seeing you at the International Celebration and Reception!



International Fair- International Education Week

November 13-17, 2017

Do you want to meet with people from 25+ different countries? Do you want to know different languages, lifestyles, fashions, arts, or sports games? Do you want to try some free food or drinks from different countries? Come and join us at the International Fair!

The International Fair will be on Wednesday, November 15th from 10AM-3PM in the Lecture Center Concourse.

Interested in tabling?  Your student organization can sign-up to table, here.  You (and your friends!) can also sign up to table and represent your home country, here.

The Fair is a part of International Education Week, and international week of programming sponsored in part by the United States Departments of State and Education.  For more information on programming at UAlbany during International Education Week, please click on the flyer to the right!       


Apply to be an International Peer Mentor!

Do you want to help new international freshman at UAlbany?

You are invited to apply for the International Student Peer Mentor program. This new program by the office of International Student and Scholar Services is designed to give current international students an leadership opportunity by supporting new international freshman in their adjustment to life at UAlbany.

A more detailed description of the responsibilities of this position for the Spring 2018 semester is available here.

You can complete the application for the volunteer International Peer Mentor position here.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 29. Please contact if you have questions about this program.


ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner Sign-Up

You are cordially invited to join your ISSS family in an American holiday tradition- Thanksgiving dinner!

ISSS will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 16th from 4pm-7pm in the SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame Room. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, games, and prizes! Cost of attendance is only $5 per person (plus an additional $5 per guest you bring--guests are welcome).

Brought to you by the generous sponsorship of UAS!

To register, sign up here!


OPT/CPT Workshops

Students applying for OPT are required to attend one of the below mandatory workshop sessions. Students who are applying for CPT are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop as well.

Students graduating in December may begin applying for OPT on September 20, 2017.




Join Cultural Connections and IFPP!

Cultural Connections is the organization that oversees the International Friendship Partners Program (IFPP). Together, they work to bridge the gap between international and domestic students at the university and build friendships across cultures. Members are paired with "buddies" who share similar cultural interests and educational goals. By interacting with students from around the world over social media and at group events, students have the opportunity to increase their global acumen and broaden their cultural awareness.If you are interested in joining, register through this link:

Language Chatting Room: You can register as a volunteer or a participant! Volunteers teach a language and participants learn a language. You will be assigned to meet a partner for one hour per week. We are currently recruiting students who speak English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, and more! Join our organization to gain volunteer hours and experience new languages! Register through the following link:

Connect on Social media!
Cultural Connections Facebook
IFPP Facebook
Language Chatting Room Facebook
Instagram: @culturalconnectionsifppualbany
Twitter: @UAlbanyCCC
Snapchat: username- ccifpp


Review Updates Related to the Executive Order

Updated June 26, 2017: ISSS has posted updates on the recent Supreme Court decision related to the travel ban, here.

Please read ISSS will continue to post any updates and resources pertaining to the executive order on our website, here. Students who may be directly impacted as a result of these recent federal orders and ongoing court cases should also consult this page for important information before travelling outside the United States this summer. As always, students should contact ISSS for the most up to date information and for assistance with any of their concerns pertaining to federal updates.


Change in Full-Time Requirements for Graduate Students, Fall 2017

The University at Albany has a new policy regarding full-time enrollment for graduate students. Starting Fall 2017 full time enrollment for graduate students will be reduced to a 9 credit minimum each semester. This means that graduate students must register for 9 credits minimum to be considered a full-time student in accordance with regulations. However, it is important to note that some academic departments may still request that students register for more than 9 credits in order to complete the program in a timely manner. As always, you will need to meet with your academic advisor prior to registration, and you should be sure to clarify how this change in policy will affect your personal program of study.

Undergraduate students will continue to be required to register for 12 credits each semester.

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