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Join Cultural Connections and IFP

Cultural Connections is a student group which coordinates the International Friendship Partners,a series of programs designed to help both American and international students make friends with each other. Participants will also learn different cultures and languages through cultural activities. You can choose to participate in one or more programs listed below:

Part I
International Buddies Program: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.

Part II
Language & Cultural Exchange Program: The International Friendship Partners Program is designed to provide an opportunity for U.S. and international students to interact regularly on a small group basis outside of the classroom setting.

Part III
Community & Public Service Program: You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find program syllabus in application.

Apply for any of the above programs here!


OPT/CPT Workshops Spring 2018

OPT workshops are offered weekly during the Spring 2018 semester.  F-1 students are required to participate in an OPT workshop prior to applying for OPT.  The earliest May 2018 graduates may apply for OPT is February 18th, 2018 and all students are encouraged to apply early due to lengthy processing times (on average, USCIS takes 90 days to process an OPT request).  For a full schedule, click here or the image to the right.  No pre-registration is required for workshops.

Additionally, ISSS will hold six CPT workshops this Spring.  Please click here or click the image to the right for the full schedule.


Travel Signature Days Spring 2018

All F and J students are required to have valid travel signatures in order to re-enter the United States after travelling.  For the majority of full-time F-1 and J-1 students, travel signatures are valid for up to one year for re-entry.  However, travel signatures are only valid for 6 months for students on OPT.  In general, ISSS recommends students get a travel signature every 6 months, especially if they are renewing a visa.

Normal processing times are 5-7 business days for travel signatures.  However, students are encouraged to come to one of our five travel signature days during the Spring semester, where you can have your I-20 or DS-2019 signed on the spot by an advisor.  All you need to bring is your original I-20 or DS-2019.

Full a full schedule, click here or click the image on the right.


Review Updates Related to the Executive Order

Updated December 4, 2017: ISSS has posted updates on the recent Supreme Court decision related to the travel ban, here.

Please read ISSS will continue to post any updates and resources pertaining to the executive order on our website, here. Students who may be directly impacted as a result of these recent federal orders and ongoing court cases should also consult this page for important information before travelling outside the United States this summer. As always, students should contact ISSS for the most up to date information and for assistance with any of their concerns pertaining to federal updates.


Rookie Road

SuperBowl Resource: Going to school in the U.S. can be challenging, especially if you don’t understand the sports that are played in America. Rookie Road has developed resources to help you learn the basics of sports, so that you can be well prepared for any sports games that you attend this year at U of Albany, in NY or nationally. Just in time for the SuperBowl between the New England Patriots and the Philidelphia Eagles, check out the American Football resource to learn more about how the game Is played.

You can sign up free and become part of the Rookie Road community here and join the International Student Sports Fan Facebook here.