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Join ISSS Apple-Picking!

Join ISSS for apple picking at Indian Ladder Farms and hiking at Thatcher Park, a local favorite! The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th from 10am-3pm.  Cost is $10 and the covers bus transportation to and from.  Sign up soon, spots fill- up quickly!  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.




Immigration Art- Immigration Attorney

Mr Serratelli.—from the Virginia law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP—will be here to provide international students with information on October 2nd and 3rd.  Topics include OPT extensions, Academic Training, H-1B visa applications, other possible visa options, or petitions for Permanent Residency. Click on the flyer to the right for more information on how to schedule a personal consultation with Mr. Serratelli or attend a workshop.



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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