Orientation Information for Incoming International Graduate Students

Pre-Arrival Checklist: Please complete the tasks below before you arrive at UAlbany.  Click the links for more information.

  1. Orientation Registration
    • Register for International Orientation.  All of Orientation is mandatory.
    • Orientation begins on Sunday, August 19th in the Campus Center Ballroom. New student check-in will take place from 1:30-5:00pm.  Graduate students are encouraged to check-in between 1:30-3:00pm. Students are required to attend Orientation throughout the week  (August 19th-August 26th).
    • Graduate Students in Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Social Welfare, and the College of Computing and Information ONLY: your specialized mandatory Orientation will take place on Monday, August 20th from 9am-12pm in Milne Hall Room 200.
    • Graduate Students in the School of Public Health ONLY: your specialized mandatory Orientation will take place on Monday, August 20th from 1-4pm (Room 110A on the East Campus).
    • Please contact your academic advisor in your department for information about course registration.
  2. Review Housing Resources and Information
    • Limited on-campus housing is available for graduate students.  On-campus housing sign-up is done through the Office of Residential Life.  For more information please click here. 
    • Students living off-campus should review our pages on Off Campus Housing and Off Campus Housing Resources.
  3. Upload your photo to ID Card through MyUAlbany
    • Do this at least two weeks before arrival so that your ID card is ready for you to pick-up at Orientation check-in.  Your ID Card gives you access to on-campus housing, dining plans, and other campus resources based on eligibility.
    • Please note: if you are not yet registered you may not be able to upload through ID Card’s Portal yet. We are addressing this and will provide further information in the coming weeks.
  4. Submit your Required Health Form to Student Health Services
    • In addition to the form, students must also show documentation that they have met the MMR Requirement, requirement for TB Testing,  and certify that they meet the meningitis requirement in MyUAlbany.  More information on these requirements can be found here.
  5. Log in to ISSS's Required Pre-Orientation on Blackboard
    • More information on pre-orientation is available here.
    • Please successfully complete the required assignments for Academic Integrity, Cultural Adjustment, and Managing Your Finances prior to arrival.
  6. Set Up Your MyUAlbany and University Email Accounts
    • More information on setting up your email accounts is available here.  Check your Albany.edu email at least twice a week before and after arrival.  All official communication from the University will be sent to your Albany email.

To Review: Please review these Frequently Asked Questions.  Click the link(s) to find more information.