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Join ISSS for Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 26!

Thanksgiving ImageTickets are now on sale for the ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner. This event will include a traditional American Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings (stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie) and live music and dancing after dinner.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at 12:30 in Campus Center Ballroom – Tickets on sale now, $7.00 at Campus Center 116

Tickets are available now through Friday, Nov. 21 at the ticket office in Campus Center 116. CC 116 is located on the 1st floor of the Campus Center – turn right after you enter through the front doors and the ticket office is on the right after you pass the TV lounge and the elevator on the west side of the building.

Co-sponsored by UAS, Student Association and Graduate Student Association.

Host Families Needed for Thanksgiving!

International Students at JilliansUnlike most U.S. students, international students and scholars at the University at Albany cannot go home during the short Thanksgiving recess. If you have room at your Thanksgiving table for one or more international visitors, we encourage you to become a host family participant this year!

Inviting an international student or scholar to join you for this holiday is an enjoyable, interesting and unique way to exchange ideas, customs and cross-cultural issues, and you can show our visitors first-hand how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

Note: International scholars are students or faculty doing research at UAlbany for several months. All students and scholars speak English.

  • You must be able to pick the students/scholars up at the University and drive them back afterwards.
  • This is not an overnight visit—you decide the length of the visit.
  • You are encouraged to host at least 2 students/scholars so that they will feel more comfortable.

Please complete the Host Family Application and return it to International Student & Scholar Services no later than NOVEMBER 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Ami Jordan via email: oiega3@albany.edu.

International Students use this link to apply for a host family: Application for Thanksgiving Host Family

Join the International Friendship Partners Program

Sign up for the International Friendship Partners Program for more opportunities of language & cultural exchange with students from all over the world!

Get more details here.

It's a rewarding experience to learn about new cultures and share your own with your international UAlbany peers. Click to view the application.


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.

Click here to retrieve your new I-94 record.


Contact Information

International Student & Scholar Services

Science Library G-40
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

Office Hours:

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Advisement 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday

Email: isss@albany.edu

Phone 518-591-8189
Fax: 518-591-8171


International Insurance Office

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
Monday through Friday

Email: IntInsurance@albany.edu

Phone: (518) 591-8185
Fax: (518) 591-8171