Steps to Apply as an International Undergraduate Student


English Proficiency Requirement

International students for whom English is not the first language are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. Any of the following tests will be considered for undergraduate admission:


Undergraduate Admissions

TOEFL (IBT) — Institutional Code: 2532









400, with a 22 Reading sub-score

Cambridge English


ACT (English and Reading sections)


AS Level or A Level English or English Language Subject


IB Higher Level English A Literature


IB Higher Level English A Language and Literature




If you do not meet these requirements, you might consider the Intensive English Language Program. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is a multi-level, personalized program designed to improve the skills of those for whom English is a second language. It is intended especially for serious students who plan to seek admission to an American college or university or who wish to improve their English for business, personal or professional reasons.

Conditional ESL Undergraduate Admissions

Students must complete an Undergraduate Application and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) application. The $50 undergraduate application fee will be paid online to SUNY ASC or Common Application at the time of submission. A fee of $130 for the IELP application can be paid online when filling out the IELP application or a check payable to the University at Albany may be mailed to IELP. All acceptance packages will be sent from the IELP office via express mail service.

If students meet the admission standards and are offered a conditional admission by the International Admissions & Recruitment office, they will be admitted to the IELP course of study and issued an I-20. Upon successful completion of IELP or upon achieving a 70 internet based TOEFL score or a 6.0 IELTS score, students will be able to matriculate as full-time undergraduate freshmen. 

For more information contact:

Cathleen McCarthy, Assistant Director
Intensive English Language Program
(518) 591-8172
[email protected]


John Pomeroy
Director - International Admissions & Recruitment
University at Albany
(518) 956-8198
ugi[email protected]

Cost of Attendance

Total cost of attendance at the University at Albany is $46,743 per year for international students. This figure includes tuition, room, board and fees. Students living off campus should expect to pay $31,145 per year. This figure does not include living expenses. 

Applicants should review the tuition and fees for international students, and also submit an International Financial Statement.


The University at Albany Global Excellence Scholarships are awarded to incoming international students based on academic achievement as well as other qualifications, as determined by the admissions committee.

The maximum scholarship award is $17,500 per year for freshmen applicants, for a potential total of $70,000 over four years. These scholarships are renewable, provided that the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and remains continuously enrolled as a full time student at UAlbany paying non-resident tuition.

Scholarships are also available for select international transfer students, with the maximum award being $9,500. These scholarships are renewable, provided that the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and remains continuously enrolled as a full time student at UAlbany paying non-resident tuition.


Steps to Apply

  1. Check our deadlines. 

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, please submit your application as early as possible. If you wish to be considered for Early Action, the deadline is November 1. For regular admission, we suggest you submit your application before July 1.

  2. Submit the application. 

    Students may apply using the State University of New York (SUNY) Application or the Common Application.

    Note: The Common Application closes on May 1. After May 1, students must apply using the SUNY Application.

    You must also submit the application fee at the time of application.

  3. Arrange for your official school or college transcripts to be sent to us.

    All freshman applicants are required to submit a transcript from their secondary school, and academic transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an official and certified English translation. In order to complete your enrollment at Albany, you will need to provide us with an official final transcript showing your date of graduation. Your academic counselor may email us a PDF version of your official transcript from their school sanctioned email address. 

    All transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of all work taken at any college or university, whether or not they expect to receive transfer credit. If you've completed fewer than 24 transferable college credits, you'll also need to submit an official secondary school transcript. Academic transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an official and certified English translation.

    Transcript Evaluation 

    A transcript evaluation allows the review committee to correctly compare the quality of your school, coursework and grades with all other applicants. 

    Although not required, we accept SpanTran or WES evaluations sent from the organization directly to the University at Albany.

    Other evaluation services can only be used if they require official documents directly from the institution of higher education, not the student, to evaluate coursework. The organization must also be accredited by NACES.

  4. Submit your test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), SAT or ACT as required. 

    SAT or ACT scores are not required for international students, although students are welcome to submit them. Additionally, applicants attending high school in the US may also choose to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to strengthen their application. International students attending high school overseas must submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores if English is not their native language.

  5. Submit the International Student Financial Statement.

  6. Submit a 250- to 500-word personal essay, if you are applying as a freshman.

    Complete the essay component of at least 250 words on the Common Application or SUNY Supplemental Application.

  7. Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, if you are applying as a freshman. 

    You may download the recommendation form here, if needed.

  8. Before you submit the application, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all required documents for your application.

    Use our Freshmen Application Checklist or our Transfer Application Checklist.


Please send transcripts and other application materials to:

Office of International Admissions & Recruitment
University at Albany Science Library G 40
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 USA