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Ugandan Student, Bridget Nandawula, Honored with 2022 InitiativesBridget Nandawula for Women Award

Congratulations to School of Public Health international student from Uganda, Bridget Nandawula!  Honored on July 21st at a UAlbany awards reception, she is the recipient of the 2022 Initiatives for Women (IFW) award.  Learn more about Bridget's story.


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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ISSS is now on Instagram! Follow us to get the latest updates on events and other important announcements @ualbanyisss

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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