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. 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.
  2. Orientation Registration
    • Register for Orientation by logging in to MyUAlbany using your NetID and password. Click on the "Campus Life" tab on the top, then click on "Register for Orientation" on the left of the page.  Registration opens May 1, 2019.  All of Orientation is mandatory.
    • Orientation begins on Sunday, August 18th in the Campus Center Ballroom.  Please check in between 1:30pm-2:30pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. Students are required to attend Orientation programming, which will occur through the week of August 18th-August 23rd
    • Please contact your academic advisor in your department for information about course registration.
    • In addition to International Orientation, your academic department may also have a required Orientation and/or meetings as part of the Orientation week programming.
    • If you encounter problems registering for Orientation, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@albany.edu. You must use your NetID (ex: AB123456) and password to register. For help setting up your NetID, please review instructions from ITS (Information Technology Services) here.
    • Master's/PhD students in the School of Public Health MS/PhD: Please register for Orientation, but your Orientation will take place at the School of Public Health campus on Monday, August 19th ONLY. You are not required to attend Orientation sessions on the Main Campus the week of August 18th-August 23rd because we will provide special programming at your school’s campus.
    • Master's/PhD students in: Rockefeller College; School of Criminal Justice; College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity; and School of Social Welfare  (Downtown Campus)- Please register for Orientation, but your Orientation will take place on the Downtown Campus on Monday, August 19th ONLY. You are not required to attend Orientation sessions on the Main Campus the week of August 18th-August 23rd because we will provide special programming at your school’s campus. 
    • Please review and print the Orientation confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address.
  3. Review Housing Resources and Information
    • ISSS cannot coordinate housing for students; students must secure their own housing.  Please be sure to have accommodation before arriving to Albany.  If you do not have permanent accommodation please be sure to make a hotel reservation as temporary accommodation before arriving. 
    • 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.
  4. Submit your Mandatory "Required Health Form" to Student Health Services
    • The Mandatory "Required Health Form" and MMR documentation must be turned in to Student Health Services by August 1st, 2019.   Failure to meet this requirement will jeopardize your fall course registration.  For help, please email healthforms@albany.edu
    • 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. 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.
  6. 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.

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