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 Office of Graduate Education offers a wide range of services to help international students navigate applications and the admissions and matriculation process. A detailed informatin regarding required test scores, costs and expenses, financial assistance and other details for international applicants can be found here.

International Student Testing

All international applicants to UAlbany graduate study must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum TOEFL score for most UAlbany programs is 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 require higher results. For more information please inquire directly at your prospective department or program.

The Cost of Attending UAlbany

Once admitted to a graduate program, the Office of Graduate Education 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

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

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