Study Abroad and Exchange Student Orientation Information

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

1. Set up your MyUAlbany and University Email Accounts

  • Information on how to do so is available here. Check your email address regularly (at least twice a week). All official communication from the University will be sent to your UAlbany email.
  • Logging in the the University system requires 2-step verification.  New students will use the DUO app for 2-step verification, for more information please click here
  • Review the Get Ready with ITS- New Student Guide to Technology at UAlbany for information on logging in, setting up your email and MyUAlbany accounts, Zoom, Blackboard, and more.

2. Orientation Registration
    • You must use your applicant email (not UAlbany email) when logging in to register.
  • Fall 2021 International Orientation will take place August 15-August 21, 2021. This Orientation will include both virtual programming on Zoom and limited, optional in-person activities.
  • ISSS will provide limited complimentary transportation service reimbursement on  August 15, 2021 from the Albany Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the Albany Bus Terminal, and select hotels only.  Students must save their receipt from their taxi and/or rideshare (Uber/Lyft) in order to be reimbursed. For more information and/or to sign-up, click here.
  • Please review the Orientation confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address.
  • Course registration and academic advisement will be finalized at Orientation with your advisors in the Education Abroad office.

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

  • On-campus housing is available through the Office of Residential Life.  More information about on-campus housing is available here. On-campus housing assignments will be sent to your email address in August.
  • New international students who will live on-campus may move-in starting at noon (12pm) on August 15th, 2021.  Please follow the instructions provided by the Office of Residential Life.  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.  This includes having any required COVID related documentation and submission of MMR immunization requirements at the time of 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).
  • Please review the University's COVID-19 vaccination policies-- including quarantine, testing, and other safety measures-- prior to arrival.  More information may be found here.   The U.S. CDC is also requiring all air passengers to the U.S. to carry proof of a negative COVID test or recovery when entering the U.S.
4. Submit your Mandatory "Required Health Form" to Student Health Services
  • The Mandatory "Required Health Form must be turned in to Student Health Services by Orientation.  Failure to meet this requirement will jeopardize your course registration.  For help, please email [email protected]
  • 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. If you are unable to pick-up a physical ID card that’s okay, you can keep a virtual ID card on your phone using the Mobile ID App. Click here to learn more and download the app: Your ID Card gives you access to on-campus housing, dining plans, and other campus resources based on eligibility.
  • More information on pre-arrival orientation is available here.
  • Please successfully complete the required Pre-Arrival Orientation quiz before arrival.
  • Once you have arrived to the United States, you should complete the New Student Arrival Eform, including uploading copies of your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, and I-94. The form and instructions are available here.

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