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UAlbany students participating on OTHER SUNY or NON-SUNY study abroad programs

UAlbany students have many study abroad options to choose from, including the following:

  1. Study abroad options administered by UAlbany’s Office of International Education, Study Abroad & Exchanges. Click Programs to begin your search for the perfect UAlbany study abroad option by country, city, academic term, or subject area.
  2. Can’t find what you’re looking for among UAlbany’s study abroad options? Explore more than 600 study abroad possibilities through the SUNY Study Abroad Consortium. Read more about the policies and procedures for UAlbany students participating on OTHER SUNY study abroad programs below.
  3. Still can’t find what you’re looking for among SUNY’s vast array of study abroad options? Consider participating on a non-SUNY program administered by a private college/university or study abroad provider. Read more about the policies and procedures for UAlbany students participating on NON-SUNY study abroad programs below.

NOTE: ALL UAlbany students who are participating on ANY kind of study abroad program (OTHER SUNY, NON-SUNY, or Community College programs) must complete a simple online study abroad ‘application’ on www.albany.edu/studyabroad, click on ‘All Programs’, enter one of the following in the search box, click on “Apply Now” and follow the specified procedures.

  1. “OTHER SUNY’s Program” or 
  2. "Non-SUNY Program” or 
  3. “SUNY Community College or Technology College Program” 

 

UAlbany students considering OTHER SUNY study abroad programs

Key points to remember:

  • Search for programs here: www.suny.edu/studyabroad
  • Follow the application procedures of the SUNY that is actually administering the study abroad program and submit your application directly to that campus.
  • Alert UAlbany (your home SUNY campus) of your intention to participate in an OTHER SUNY program by CLICKING HERE and completing a separate simple online study abroad ‘application’.
  • Once you are sure you going, complete the Questionnaire that appears on your UAlbany online study abroad application entitled “Accepted and Participating – COMPLETE THIS WHEN YOU KNOW” so that you can be registered for study abroad credits at UAlbany. Click here for more information about the registration process for study abroad. 

 

UAlbany students considering NON-SUNY OR SUNY Community College or Technology College programs

  • Follow the application procedures of the institution that is actually administering the study abroad program and submit your application directly to that institution.
  • Alert UAlbany (your home campus) of your intention to participate in NON-SUNY program by CLICKING HERE, reading the information that appears, and completing a separate simple online study abroad ‘application’.
  • Alert UAlbany (your home SUNY campus) of your intention to participate in a SUNY Community College or Technology College program by CLICKING HERE, reading the information that appears, and completing a separate simple online study abroad ‘application’.

 

 


 

FAQs about UAlbany students studying abroad on NON-SUNY OR SUNY Community College or Technology College programs

Why do I have to do something different if another SUNY school is running my program?

Even though the community colleges and specialized colleges are part of SUNY, you must pay their tuition directly to them.

What do I have to do that is different if a non-SUNY school is running my program?

You will be earning credits at another school and will have to arrange for the credits to be transferred to UAlbany. 

How do I apply and get admitted to one of these programs?

Follow the application procedures which are set by the school that is actually running the program.

Do I need to notify UAlbany Study Abroad about my plans to study abroad?

Yes.  Go to http://www.albany.edu/studyabroad/ Click on ‘All Programs’, enter “Non-SUNY Program” or “SUNY Community College or Technology College Program” in the search box, click on “Apply Now” and follow the specified procedures. 

What do I have to do to get my credits transferred to UAlbany?

You must follow UAlbany’s rules for transfer credit. If you are going on a summer or winter program, complete an Undergraduate Post-Matriculated Transfer Credit Form which can be found at http://www.albany.edu/registrar/images/tcpf2.pdf



If you are going on a semester or year-long program, you must also be cleared for a Leave for Approved Study.  This will make your return to UAlbany the semester after you study abroad automatic. Follow the procedures found at: http://www.albany.edu/undergraduateeducation/abstentia_and_approved_study.php

Will all my credits be accepted for transfer by UAlbany?

Probably, but it will depend upon what you actually take. The Office of International Education cannot answer this question as we do not make this determination.  See above, and file the appropriate paperwork.

Will these courses count in my major or minor or towards Gen Eds?

If the courses you take overseas are equated with UAlbany courses that already count, then yes.  Otherwise, you will have to request special consideration from the relevant office, which would be either your major department for an exception or the Dean of Undergraduate Education for a Gen Ed exception.

Do I need to apply for a “Leave for Approved Study”?

Yes, if your time overseas will be a semester or longer.  See the link above.

Will studying abroad affect my ability to graduate on time?

 

Probably not, but there are two different UAlbany “residency” rules you should be aware of:
  1. Any 30 of your last 60 credits (or any 30 of your last 69 credits if you study abroad for a year) must be earned while you are physically at UAlbany. 
  2. A certain number of credits in your major and minor must be earned “in residence.”  The credits earned abroad on non-SUNY or community college programs will not meet this requirement because you cannot be registered at UAlbany while participating on such programs. However, study abroad programs administered by 4-year SUNY campuses will satisfy this residency rule.  

Can I use financial aid?

Even though you will not be registered at UAlbany, if your courses are approved for transfer, you may still be eligible for financial aid from UAlbany (your home campus).  Go to http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/study_abroad.shtml and consult your financial aid advisor for more specific information.

How do I get my study abroad courses pre-approved?

 

First, find out which school is going to issue the official transcript for your work.  If it is a 4-year school, then things are relatively easy.  Your overseas coursework will be assigned appropriate upper or lower level equivalents, depending upon what you have taken or plan to take.  You should show the syllabi or other descriptions of the courses you plan to take to your academic advisor at the time you are completing the transfer credit paperwork.



If the study abroad transcript is issued by a 2-year school, then it may not be possible for you to have the courses accepted for transfer at the 300 level or above, depending on what you actually take. If your courses were taught overseas by regular faculty from the 2-year school that is running the program, you should not expect to get upper-level credits at UAlbany.  If, however, you were taking upper-level classes at an overseas university, then you might be able to get upper-level credit at UAlbany.

What if I can’t get all my courses pre-approved because I don’t actually know what I will be taking?

 

This should only be the case if you will be directly enrolling in another university overseas and you cannot set your schedule in advance.  The UAlbany Office of International Education will attempt to assist you in getting approvals after you have registered overseas.  Contact us at studyabroad@albany.edu if you need our help.