In addition to the requirements outlined in the Application section of this website, International students must fulfill additional requirements. These requirements include:
1. Completion of a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.
2. An official certification of the award of all degrees in addition to all academic transcripts in the original language accompanied by certified translations into English.
3. All international student applicants must submit
credentials/transcripts from all international universities attended to
an accredited evaluation service to be evaluated and translated into
English (if necessary). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Service (WES).
It may take up to 6 weeks for SOPHAS to receive the WES evaluation, so
it is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your
credentials to ensure application deadlines are met.
If a different evaluation service is used, SOPHAS applicants
should have it sent directly to the School of Public Health Admissions
There are a number of evaluation services to use. Please note that SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Services (WES). SOPHAS applicants will receive a 10% reduction in the cost of the WES evaluation.
*Note: Applicants whose academic training was not in the U.S., but who are in
the U.S. at the time the application is submitted MUST adhere to all
requirements as outlined for international students on SOPHAS.
4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is required for students whose native language is not English. (TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for students who previously have been enrolled for a minimum of two full-time semesters in a U.S. college or English-speaking institution unless you are applying to the TESOL program.)
*The University recommends a minimum TOEFL score for most UAlbany programs of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based), or 79 (Internet based). The recommended minimum IELTS bandscore is 6.5 for most graduate programs. Several academic departments do require higher results. You may query programs of your choice through the Academic Departments page.
All official documents should be submitted directly to SOPHAS. It is not necessary to submit an additional copy to the School of Public Health.
Prior to enrolling, complete and submit a Student Financial Affidavit
to document an international student’s ability to meet all educational and living expenses while attending UAlbany. Supporting documentation sent to UAlbany evidencing financial support (bank statements, deposit verification, etc.) must also be provided with the affidavit.
Cost of Attending UAlbany
The Office for International Student & Scholar Services provides the latest information on Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses for international students at the University at Albany. In addition, international students should consider an additional $4,000 annually for each dependent who accompanies them to Albany.
A wide range of financial aid opportunities are available at Financing Graduate Study at the University. The University is unable to provide any other financial assistance to prospective graduate international students. It is, therefore, essential that students provide an honest and accurate declaration of funding on the Financial Affidavit.
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100 is required of all students who decide to accept our offer of admission into the MPH program. Deposits must be submitted electronically through the UAlbany Marketplace
. This enrollment deposit will secure your place in the incoming class and be applied to your student account. Once you submit the enrollment deposit, you will be provided with advisement for fall courses, instructions for registering, schedule of classes and housing information.
Both on and off-campus housing options exist for graduate students. Empire Commons, an apartment style living complex, is available at the Uptown Campus. For more information please visit www.albany.edu/housing.
Off-campus housing can be obtained through a variety of resources. The first thing students should consider is whether or not they will have access to a vehicle. If students are relying upon public transportation, they are encouraged to look at and around bus routes to find a suitable location to live. Students with access to automobiles may want to look through local newspaper listings, such as www.timesunion.com or at the Office of Residential Life through their website at www.albany.edu/housing/living/rl_offcampushousing.html. This website is accessible to all University at Albany students, however and often caters to undergraduate student needs. Additional housing information will be mailed with your acceptance letter.
The SEVIS fee must be paid in order for you to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. You cannot apply for your visa until the fee is paid.
Please note that while citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from the requirement to possess a visa to enter the U.S. However, they are still required to pay the SEVIS fee.
Please refer to the following Student and Exchange Visitor website for more information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/
All students who pay the SEVIS fee will receive a formal receipt that should be used as proof of fee payment. To pay the SEVIS fee online, go to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements website then select File the 1-901 Form online and follow the instructions.
I-20 Form (F-1 visa)
The I-20 form is a document issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for a student visa. The initial I-20 form is mailed with your acceptance letter to UAlbany School of Public Health. Please note that an I-20 form will not be issued unless you have officially been accepted to the program.
DS-2019 Form (J-1 visa)
This form is issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for the J-1 Trainee Visa. The J-1 visa is typically issued to individuals coming to the U.S. as students who are receiving funding to pursue a specific program of study, research, training or a cultural enrichment program.
After receiving your I-20 form or your DS-2019 form it must be signed and brought to the U.S. Embassy in your country.
To obtain a student (F-1) or an exchange visitor (J-1) visa you must:
- Bring verification of official acceptance into the program
- Have formally confirmed that you plan to attend the University at Albany School of Public Health
- Provide a copy of your Student Financial Affidavit or evidence of financial support (bank statements, letters of sponsorship etc.) to prove that you can support the costs of living and studying in the U.S. for the entire duration of your program of study
- Bring a passport from your home country that will be valid for the duration of your program and at least 6 months after its end
- Provide any evidence that you might have to demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country and that you plan to return to your home country at the conclusion of your study and any period of authorized employment.
Once the visa has been approved your passport will be stamped with the name of the school. Please note that students must be registered for classes within 30 days after the visa has been issued. .
This form will be issued to you once you cross the border into the United States. It must be completed by foreign citizens being admitted into the country on a non-immigrant status. Once completed, the form is evaluated by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer who will approve your admission into the country for an authorized time period. This time period is typically based on the length of time it will take you to obtain your degree. After approval, the stamped form will usually be stapled into your passport. It is important that you DO NOT LOSE this form because it is proof that you have entered the country legally. This form must also be presented to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) once you have arrived on campus. If lost, a replacement is costly so please hold on to this form. Once your period of authorization has expired or you chose to leave the U.S. for an unspecified period of time, this form will be collected from you by the U.S. CBP.
For additional information on preparing for your first semester at UALBANY please refer to Graduate student To-Do List
View the full size To-Do List PDF
Arrival in Albany
Services for International Students
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the resource and advisement center for UAlbany's international student population. Services provided include U.S. Immigration counseling, cultural and academic orientation, coordination of social events, a Language Partners Program, and personal and University procedural concerns. You can contact ISS at (518) 591–8171 or via e-mail at ISSS@albany.edu.
Once you have arrived in Albany you should go directly to the International Student and Scholar Services Office for any questions and concerns. In addition please make sure you attend the New International Student Orientation program that occurs before the start of the semester.
International Student & Scholar Services
Science Library G-40
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.
Summer Hours (May 18 -- Aug 24)
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
Monday through Friday
Please note that our campus is located on the East campus of the University at Albany in Rensselaer. However, both the Biomedical Science department and the Environmental Health department are located near downtown campus at the Wadsworth Center. If you are from either of these two departments academic matters should be dealt with through these departments.
To find a specific location on the University at Albany Campus please go to the following link:
For more information on travel and directions please go to the following link:
Lodging around Albany
Lodging around the East Campus
General Information about the University and its Region: Please visit About UAlbany
Join Your Fellow Graduate Students
You are encouraged to find out about the Graduate Student Organization, a student-run group whose programs facilitate and enhance the academic and extracurricular experience of graduate students at UAlbany. Among its services are its travel and research grants programs, which provide support to qualifying graduate students.
Healthcare and Counseling Services
For a mandatory Student Health Fee, the University Health Center provides routine medical services year round for all enrolled students. Other available health coverage at UAlbany includes:
-Medical coverage through the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
-A Student Employee Health Plan for teaching, graduate, or research assistants and their dependents
-Psychological services through the University Counseling Center
-A crisis hotline and peer education services through the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program
For the answers to many common questions, please see International Student: Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information and access to the Graduate Welcome Packet please go to: http://www.albany.edu/isss/new_students/welcomepkt.shtml