International Students

The University at Albany is home to more than 1,000 individuals representing nearly 80 nations, including graduate students pursuing master’s, Ph.D., and other advanced degree programs. As a graduate student at UAlbany you’ll join a vibrant and talented community of international scholars in a diversity of fields and professions.

UAlbany’s Graduate School offers a wide range of services to help international students navigate applications and the admissions and matriculation process. Detailed information regarding required test scores, costs and expenses, financial assistance and other details for international applicants can be found here.

International Student Testing

  • Since proven English proficiency is required to ensure success in UAlbany’s graduate programs, the TOEFL, the IELTS, the PTE Academic exam, or the Duolingo English Test is required.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who submit official transcripts showing the successful completion of at least 4 full-time semesters within a 4-year frame time (B or better average not including English language preparatory programs) at a college or university in countries where English is the official language can have the English Language Proficiency score waived. Waiver is subject to evaluation by the Graduate School.
  • Students applying for non-certification TESOL master's program can have the English proficiency test score requirement waived if the applicant submits official transcripts showing the successful completion of 3 years of study in a degree program at a college or university in the U.S. and maintained a B or better average.
  • The University at Albany minimum TOEFL score for general admission is 79 for the internet based test. The University at Albany minimum IELTS score for general admission is 6.5 and the minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is 53. Please note some departments may require higher scores for departmental consideration.
  • The University at Albany reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency on a case by case basis.
  • For electronic IELTS score results reporting, please provide the following information to your test center:
    University at Albany (SUNY)
    1400 Washington Avenue

Please submit your official documents to:

The Graduate School
UAB 121
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

The Cost of Attending UAlbany

Once admitted to a graduate program, the Graduate School supports international students to identify your sources for financial aid, including fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. All prospective international students must complete a Financial Affidavit as part of the admissions process.

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.

Other Services for International Students

Office for International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is the resource and advisement center for UAlbany's international student community. As soon as you arrive in the US, ISSS provides a wide range of services and programs, including:

  • A three-day orientation program for new arrivals, including airport pick-ups, temporary accommodation, and support finding longer-term accommodation
  • Counseling on visa changes, immigration compliance, tax returns and other legal matters
  • Advice on academic and administrative issues
  • Opportunities to improve oral, writing, study and English-language skills
  • A host of social activities, buddy program, and excursions to regional attractions, New York City and Boston

Of course, all international graduate students have access to UAlbany’s extensive campus-based resources, facilities, and activities — such as the Graduate Student Association (GSA) — more than 200 clubs and student organizations, and athletics.

Additional resources include:

For more information and answers to many common questions, please see International Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact ISSS at (518) 591-8189 or via e-mail at

Useful Links


The Graduate School
University at Albany
UAD 121
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone (518) 442-3980
Fax (518) 442-3922

Email The Graduate School