Study Abroad and Exchange Student Orientation Information

ISSS is here to support you while you prepare to arrive to the University. This is a preliminary checklist of tasks you should complete before arrival.  Please check this page again in May 2022 and throughout the summer because additional information and tasks may be added.  This information is subject to change.

Please complete the below tasks before you arrive at UAlbany. This page is intended for students participating in a Study Abroad, Exchange, or Visiting Student program at the University at Albany.

1. Review the information sent by Global Academic Programs

2. Apply for a F-1 or J-1 Visa

  • You will need to pay the DHS I-901 fee at least 3 business days prior to your visa appointment.
  • You can complete the other steps on this pre-arrival checklist while waiting for your visa appointment.
  • This step is required for students who were issued an I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1).  Students in other visa categories should follow the requirements for their visa category.

3. Set up your MyUAlbany and University Email Accounts

4. Complete all University Health Documentation Requirements (COVID-19 and MMR)

Students must submit required health documentation to the University.  These documents can be submitted directly in the Student Health Documentation Portal in MyUAlbany or by emailing the documents to [email protected]  This includes:

  1. COVID Vaccine Mandate: All UAlbany students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • In addition to the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, the US CDC requires that most non-citizen, non-immigrant air passengers to the U.S.  show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, including F-1 and J-1 students.  The CDC has released guidance on limited exemptions to the full vaccination requirement, which may include minors under the age of 18 or student travelers from certain countries with limited vaccine availability.  For a list of which countries are considered eligible for an exemption, please view Table 4 on the CDC's website.  Students should consult their airlines if they have any questions about providing acceptable vaccination documentation and/or whether or not they qualify for an exemption to the requirement. 
    • If you qualify to enter the U.S. prior to being fully vaccinated please contact [email protected] for additional assistance and information.
  2. MMR Immunity: New York State Public Health Law requires college students to submit proof of immunity to the diseases measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
  3. Meningitis Requirement: New York State Public Health Law requires college students to receive and acknowledge receipt of information on Meningitis. Students must read the Meningitis Disease Fact Sheet from the New York State Department of Health then log in to MyUAlbany and select the Meningitis link under the Required Agreements section. 
  4. Required Health Form: The Required Health form must be completed by the student and does not require a physician evaluation. The form is found at the Pending Forms link on the Student Health Portal. The student will be notified if other tests are necessary to satisfy the Tuberculosis requirement. See Tuberculosis screening for more information.

Other pre-arrival health and safety requirements, such as COVID-19 testing, may be announced closer to the start of the semester.

5. Orientation Registration

  • Fall 2022 International Orientation is scheduled for August 14, 2022-August 19, 2022.  All of Orientation is mandatory.
    • Exchange students have the option to attend University Transfer Orientation as well.
  • ISSS will provide one-time, one-way complimentary transportation service reimbursement on  August 13 and August 14 from  Albany Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the Albany Bus Terminal, and select hotels only.  Students must save the receipt from their taxi and/or rideshare (Uber/Lyft) in order to be reimbursed. Sign-up in advance to be eligible for this reimbursement. 
  • Please work with your advisor, Jacqueline Ledermann, to register for classes.

6. Arrange for Housing & Review Quarantining & COVID Documentation Recommendations & Requirements

  • On-campus housing is available through the Office of Residential Life.  On-campus housing assignments will be sent to your Albany.edu email address in August.
  • New international students may move-in between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday, August 14, 2022. If you arrive before your scheduled move-in please arrange for a hotel.
  • Students living on campus should follow all Residential Life instructions for move-in and health documentation/quarantine requirements, if applicable, including arranging a move-in appointment as needed.   
    • Any additional health and safety requirements (such as required quarantine and/or COVID testing) may be communicated to students at a later date;  be prepared to follow any University, local, state, and/or federal arrival health requirements. Students living on campus should follow all Residential Life instructions for move-in and health documentation/quarantine requirements, if applicable.  This includes submitting required COVID and MMR documentation before you move-in.  
  • If you will live off-campus please review our page on Off Campus Housing.  Please do not arrive to the United States without a place to stay; make temporary accommodations as needed (such as a hotel). 

7. Upload your photo to ID Card through MyUAlbany

8. Log in to ISSS's Required Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard

  • Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard will open in June 2022.
  • Please successfully complete the Pre-Arrival Orientation quiz before arrival.

9. Post-Arrival: Complete the New Student Arrival Reporting EForm

  • Once you have arrived to the United States, you should complete the New Student Arrival Reporting EForm, including uploading copies of your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, and I-94. 

To Review:

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