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.

    • More information on setting up the account is available here. Check your email at least twice a week before and after arrival. All official communication from the University will be sent to your Albany email.
    • We recommend that you set up your 2-Step login using the Authenticator app. If you use a phone number, you may be unable to access it once you arrive to the U.S. (because your phone number may not work internationally). The instructions for setting up your 2-step login using the Authenticator app are available by clicking here.
  1. 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 will open shortly after May 1, 2020.  All of Orientation is mandatory.
    • Fall 2020 International Orientation will take place August 16-21, 2020. This Orientation will be conducted in an online/remote format using Zoom videoconferencing. There may be an in-person, small-group session for students in the U.S. which other students may join remotely.
    • ISSS will provide limited complimentary transportation service on Thursday, August 16th from the Albany Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the Albany Bus Terminal, and select hotels only. For more information, email
    • Course registration and academic advisement will be finalized at Orientation with your advisors in the Education Abroad office.
    • If you encounter problems registering for Orientation, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at 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.  
    • Please review and print the Orientation confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address.
  2. Apply for Campus Housing if you need it
    • Housing sign-up is done through the Office of Residential Life.  For more information on housing sign-up, please click here.Housing assignments will be sent to your email address in early August.
    • Students living on-campus may move in to your room according to the dates on the housing email you receive. If you arrive before your scheduled move-in, please arrange for a hotel.
    • Students living on campus may move in on August 9th if they intend to complete their 14 day quarantine period in a facility provided by the Office of Residential Life (for students for whom this is required) or August 16th, please check your Albany email and ResLife's website for further details.
    • If you are not required to live on-campus and are choosing to live off-campus, please review our page on Off Campus Housing and Off Campus Housing Resources.  Please do not arrive to the United States without a place to stay, even if only temporarily (such as a hotel).
    • The Mandatory "Required Health Form" and MMR documentation must be turned in to Student Health Services by August 1, 2020.  Failure to meet this requirement will jeopardize your course registration. For help, please email
    • 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.
  3. 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
  4. Post-Arrival: Complete the New Student Arrival Eform
    • 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, 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.