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.

A quiz is required to assess your understanding of the content inside the modules. Students must earn an 85% to pass this quiz.

ISSS will have modules available from June-August 2021. You are required to review these modules prior to arriving for Orientation.  This Pre-Arrival Orientation is self-paced within the start and end date of the program.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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.