News & Events
Tips of the Week!
As you prepare to come to the University at Albany, the ISSS Tip of the Week will highlight information that is important to new international students. If you have not read information from previous weeks, please do.
June 26 – Registration
The process of Registration at UAlbany always starts with Academic Advising, to ensure that you are on the correct path towards earning your degree. How you get Advising, and thus how you get an AVN number and Register, depends upon what category of student you are.
Graduate students get their advisement directly from their academic department. Your advisor’s name was listed on your acceptance letter. You are encouraged to review your graduate program curriculum and contact your advisor. Please note that advisors may be on summer break and responses may be delayed.
Study Abroad & Exchange students who are coming to UAlbany for a short term stay and will be getting their degree from an institution other than UAlbany are advised by the office of Study Abroad & Exchanges. Click here for more information.
Freshman are advised by the Academic Advising Office. To simplify the process, the Academic Advising Office has created a form specifically for new international freshmen. If you have not already done so, please complete this form.
Undergraduate Transfer students are advised by either the Academic Advising Office or their Academic Department. You can find lots of information here for transfer students.
As always, you can e-mail us with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 18 - Orientation
ISSS holds a special Orientation is for all international student. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, study abroad and exchange students, and students moving up from IELP. All students are expected to attend orientation. Please plan for this as you make your travel plans.
For Freshman, orientation begins on August 22 and you can move into your dorm room August 21.
For All Other Students, ISSS orientation begins on August 23. Graduate Students may also have an orientation with their academic department and should get information about that from the department.
Visit the ISSS Welcome website for orientation information:
There is an on-line portion of International Student Orientation to provide you with vital information before you come to the US. In particular, check out the "To Review" sections.
You can sign up for International Student Orientation on our website, or by clicking here.
As always, you can e-mail us with questions at: email@example.com
Fall 2015 Orientation Update!
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is delighted to welcome new international students to the University at Albany. ISSS is planning a special orientation for international students. Mandatory check in for all new students for the International Student Orientation will be on Sunday August 23, 2015. Students should plan to move into the residence halls on Saturday, August 22. Upon submitting a deposit, you will receive additional pre-arrival and orientation program information from ISSS. We hope that you will join our vibrant community of over 1700 international students here at the University at Albany. Click for more information.
Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!
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
Host Families Needed
Host families are needed for a few days in January 2015 for our new international students while they seek permanent housing.
Click to get more information about the program and to print out your application.
New U.S. CBP Automated I-94 System
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun its new automated I-94 arrival/departure record system. As international students, you will still receive an I-94. However, it will not be in the form of a small, white card stapled into your passport at the time of entry that many of you are used to. Instead, you will have an electronic I-94, which you will have to download and print from the CBP web site.
Please remember that ISSS needs a copy of any new documents you have been issued, including the I-94. Once you print out the new record, please provide a copy to ISSS.