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Congratulations President Sri Sowmiyaa Ganeshaan, First International Student to Lead Student Association

Congratulations to Sri Sowmiyaa Ganeshaan, the first ever international student to be elected President of the Student Association (SA) at UAlbany.  Sri, a F-1 international student from India, is majoring inimage of Student Association President, Sri Sowmiyaa Ganeshaan, on the Academic Podium Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Sri is currently a junior and was elected by the UAlbany undergraduate student body to as the 2022-2023 SA President. Sri has a number of other accomplishments deserving of recognition: she recently accepted the Distinguished Leadership Spellman Award and UAlbany President's Great Dane Award; served on the RA Student Advisory Board 21-22; has been awarded Eleanor the Harth Scholarship for outstanding leadership as an RA; was the President of the UAlbany Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) honor society, and was a UAlbany Student Association Senate member. 

ISSS, CIEGS and other university units are excited to work with Sri to continue the SA's goal of building a stronger UAlbany community that fosters student empowe Insert Column To The Rightrment and voice. We hope our UAlbany international students, executive leaders of cultural and national-based student organizations, and the rest of the Great Dane community will engage with Sri and her team and support their vision for a diverse, inclusive and internationalized university.  Email Sri at [email protected] with congratulatory messages, ideas and questions.


ISSS Summer Hours (Starting May 16)

Starting May 16th ISSS will be open for Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.


Advising by Appointment- In-Person or on Zoom
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-12:30pm

  • Appointments must be scheduled in advance through Calendly
  • These spots are primarily available for students unable to attend walk-in advising in-person, but students do have the option to schedule an in-person meeting if they need to discuss a complicated issue which cannot be adequately address during walk-in advising hours (such as USCIS changes of status; complex work authorization issues; or other matters)

Walk-in Advising- In-Person or by Phone (518-591-8172)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 12:30-3:00pm

  • No appointment needed, just drop in to SL G-40 or call 518-591-8172
  • If you call, please be prepared to leave a voicemail with your name and call back number in case the advisor is currently seeing someone else

DHS Continuation of March 2020 Guidance for International Student Course Registration through 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a policy statement continuing the March 2020 pandemic related guidance pertaining to international student course registration at eligible campuses.

Therefore, similar to the 2021-22 academic year, UAlbany F-1 and J-1 international students who have been enrolled since March 2020 may register for any combination of in person, hybrid, and fully online courses during the 2022-23 academic year. F-1 and J-1 international students beginning studies after March 2020 must maintain registration in at least one non-fully online course (i.e. an in person or hybrid course) during the 2022-23 academic year.


COVID19 FAQs for International Students

Please visit our FAQ site for the most up-to-date information on current procedures and immigration policies. 

In addition, students should review the University webpage for COVID-19 related updates, available here.


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Reporting Requirements for StudentsUS Department of Homeland Security logo

Now is a good time to remind yourself of your reporting requirements as an international student.  Our Reporting Requirements webpage also features information for OPT and STEM OPT students.  Visit it here