International Student Information

Recommended Test Scores

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. We will only accept official valid scores of exams sent by the test taking institution. Exams taken beyond 2 years are considered expired and are unacceptable. Several academic departments do require higher results. You may query programs of your choice through the Academic Departments page. For electronic IELTS score results reporting, please give the following information to your testing center:

    • University at Albany (SUNY)
    • 1400 Washington Avenue
    • Albany
    • NY
    • 12222

Cost of Attending UAlbany

The Office of Student Accounts provides current information on Tuition, Fees and Expenses for international students at the University at Albany. Please note that international students should budget for an additional $4,000 annually for each dependent who accompanies them to Albany.

Financial Assistance

A wide range of financial aid opportunities are available at Funding 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.

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 Association, 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:

Services for International Students

The Office of International Student & 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 ISSS at (518) 591-8189 or via e-mail at

For the answers to many common questions, please see International Student: Frequently Asked Questions.