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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.

New International Student Online Pre-Orientation

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.

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!

Taxes Due by April 18, 2017

Please note: ISSS does not provide tax advice.  This information is for informational purposes only. 

All international students, scholars and their dependents must complete tax form 8843. Even if you didn’t have any income in 2016, you must still complete this form. You can get the 8843 form here. If you have dependent members in F-2 or J-2 status, a Form 8843 must be completed for each person, even minor children. The form must be submitted to the IRS by June 15, 2017.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has purchased Sprintax Non-Resident Tax Preparation Software to assist international students and scholars with filing their tax returns. Our office will provide you with a tax code to process your federal income tax return. Sprintax will allow you to process your New York State tax return at a nominal cost to you. The Sprintax code will be available on Monday, February 6, 2017. To obtain a code, please email us at Please include your ID# and employer in this email. Tax returns are due to the IRS on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Open Elections for Cultural Connections E-board

Cultural Connections is a new and growing student group on campus—and you can be a part of developing it!

Why should you join cultural connections?
1. A great way to make new friends on campus!
2. Boost your resume and develop your leadership skills to make you a better student, employee, and global citizen!
3. Learn from other students, such as new languages, cultures, and ideas!

Click on the icon above for more information, including available positions. Please submit your application by April 1st to