New Students

Welcome to the University at Albany! The Office of International Student and Scholar Services has created an orientation website that will provide you with valuable information for your arrival. 

Fall 2022 Orientation Schedule

Fall International Student Orientation is scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2022 through Friday August 19, 2022.   Students who will live on campus will be allowed to check in to their rooms starting on Sunday, August 14 at 12pm (noon).  

Undergraduate Freshmen International Orientation Schedule

Undergraduate Transfer International Orientation Schedule

Exchange and Study Abroad International Orientation Schedule

Graduate Student International Orientation Schedule

Need help finding where to go during Orientation?  Review our Orientation campus maps.

Students on Alumni Quad: During Orientation week, you may use these bus schedules to get to campus (click route for schedule information)

Pre-Arrival Checklist- Fall 2022

We know that as an international student you need to start planning your arrival as soon as possible.  We have created preliminary checklists of tasks you should complete before arrival. 

Mandatory Pre-Arrival Orientation (Online)

The Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard opened in May 2022 for students starting in Fall.  For detailed instructions on how to access it please click here. If you cannot access it, please email [email protected] for assistance.

ISSS’s Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard is designed to serve students in two key ways:  First, it will prepare you for your life as a UAlbany student; second, it will help you get familiar with Blackboard, the primary platform for online instruction at the University.

ISSS will have "modules"  (the subfolders under the “Content” section)  available from June through August.  Each week we will focus on a new topic and the module will be self-paced.  You are required to review these modules prior to arrival.  Once you are done, please complete the quiz to assess your understanding of the Pre-Arrival Orientation content. Students should earn an 85% to pass this quiz.

Schedule:

  1. Introduction & Preparing for Arrival (June 1-3)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Wednesday, June 1, 8:30am-9:30am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  2. Housing (June 6-10)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Wednesday, June 8, 8:30am-9:30am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  3. Great Dane Community Standards (June 13-17)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on June 15-16
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  4. Cultural Adjustment & U.S. Race Relations (June 20-24)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Thursday, June 23, 9:00-10:00am EST (NY time)
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director
  5. Academic Success (June 27-July 1)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Tuesday, June 28, 9:00-10:00 am EST (NY time)
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director
  6. Personal & Online Safety (July 5-July 8)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on July 7, 10:00am-11:00am EST (NY time)
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  7. Managing Your Finances (July 11-July 15)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on July 13-July 14
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  8. Immigration Matters (July 18-July 22)
    • Live Q&A on Wednesday, July 20, 8:00am-9:00am EST (NY Time)
    • Moderated by Tricia Tierney, Sr. International Student Coordinator
  9. Health Care (July 25-July 29)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on July 27-28
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  10. Campus Engagement & Activities (August 1-August 5)
    • Live Q&A on Tuesday, August 2, 8:00am-9:00am EST (NY Time)
    • Moderated by Tricia Tierney, Sr. International Student Coordinator
  11. Career/Professional Development and Employment Resources  (August 8-August 12)
    • Live Q&A on Tuesday, August 9, 9-10:30 am EST (NY Time)
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director

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