New Students

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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 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.   Students living on campus can move in to their residence hall starting at noon on Sunday, August 15th. Should any arriving student be required to quarantine (or arrive early for quarantine) more information will be provided to you at a later date.

To get started, please select your category of admission below:


Mandatory Pre-Arrival Orientation (Online)

The Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard will open in June 2021.  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.

Each module will feature either a Zoom Q&A or online discussion period.  To access any Zoom Q&As you must login using your UAlbany Zoom Account at  For weeks featuring a discussion forum the forum will be conducted asynchronously.

Please see the schedule below:

  1. Introduction & Preparing for Arrival (June 1-June 4)

  2. Housing (June 7- June 11)

  3. Great Dane Community Standards (June 12-June 18)

    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on June 15-16
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  4. Cultural Adjustment & U.S. Race Relations (June 21-June 25)

  5. Academic Success & Online Learning (June 28-July 2)

  6. Managing Your Finances (July 5- July 9)

    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on July 7-8
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  7. Personal & Online Safety (July 12- July 16)

  8. Immigration Matters (July 19-July 23)

  9. Health Care (July 26-July 30)

    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on July 27-28
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  10. Campus Engagement/Your Experiential Resume (August 2- August 6)

    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on August 5-6
    • Moderated by Tricia Tierney, Sr. International Student Coordinator
  11. Career/Professional Development and Employment Resources  (August 9-August 13)

    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on August 12
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director

Academic & Language Skills Online Boot Camp (July 6 - August 12, 2021)

The Academic and Language Skills Course is designed for international students who are preparing for academic studies at an American University, including undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad students.  Students study 4 hours per week for 6 weeks (2.5 hours live on Zoom and 1.5 hours offline) for a total of 24 hours of instruction.  The program is run by the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at the University at Albany.

Interested in applying?  Contact [email protected].  The application is available here and a full flyer with information is available here.