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New International Student Online Pre-Orientation!

Are you a new student hoping to meet other students and receive information prior to arriving in August? ISSS offers pre arrival orientation to all new students to help them prepare for life in the United States.  To access Pre-Orientation, log in to Blackboard, navigate to the Community Tab (upper right), and select "International Student Pre-Arrival Orientation."  Chat with new students, staff, and current students under the "Forums" section, and get information under "Content."  More instructions are available by clicking here.


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.


Summer Office Hours begin May 22

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy, the home of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), will begin Summer Hours on Monday, May 22 through Friday, August 18.

The office will be open 8 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Friday during that period of time.

Walk-In Advising hours will change to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-3pm starting on May 22nd.


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.

Stay up to date on important information like this by reading our weekly newsletter, sent out each Friday.  Click the icon above for the most recent newsletter.

Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!

Link to International Buddy Program flyerDo 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:

Part I
International Buddies Program: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.

Part II
Link to Language and Cultural Exchange program flyerLanguage & 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.

Part III
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!