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Graduating in May or Looking for Internships? Don't Miss our OPT and CPT Workshops!
Students applying for OPT are required to view our OPT workshop before applying. OPT takes on average 90 days to process, so apply early. No appointment or reservation is needed--all workshops are walk-in welcome!
We also have an upcoming CPT workshop on April 28th for any students interested in an internship this summer or next Fall. Remember- if you plan to work off campus, whether paid or unpaid, you must speak to an ISSS advisor about work authorization before beginning any employment.
Click the thumbnail image to the right for a full list of available workshop dates.
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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Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!
Do you want to be part of the UAlbany multicultural community? Do you want to earn credits while having fun?
The International Friendship Partners is a series of programs designed to help both American and international students make friends with each other. Participants will also learn different cultures and languages through cultural activities. You can choose to participate in one or more programs listed below:
International Buddies Program: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.
Language & Cultural Exchange Program: The International Friendship Partners Program is designed to provide an opportunity for U.S. and international students to interact regularly on a small group basis outside of the classroom setting.
Community & Public Service Program: You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find program syllabus in application.
For more information and apply to be an International Friendship Partner, CLICK HERE.
Our IFP program was recently featuring in a University News Release. Check out the article highlighting our group, here!
Travel Signature Days
F-1 and J-1 students must have a valid travel signature on their I-20 or DS-2019 in order to return to the United States after travelling. Please make sure your I-20 or DS-2019 has a valid travel signature before leaving UAlbany this summer. ISSS offers special travel signature days where you can have your I-20/DS-2019 signed on the spot by an advisor. Visit SL G-05 on May 3rd from 2-4pm or May 11th from 2-4pm to get your travel signature.
New International Student Online Pre-Orientation- Coming Soon!
ISSS invites all new students to participate in our online International Student Pre-Orientation Program. This program will be live in the coming months. This program will help your transition to University at Albany and help you better adjust to the new environment. We highly encourage you to participate in this Pre-Orientation. New International students can access this program on Blackboard -> Community -> Pre-Orientation.