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. 

Spring 2022 International Orientation will take place January 13, 2022- January 18, 2022.

This Orientation will be offered in-person.*  Students living on campus can move in to their residence hall  on Thursday, January 13th between 12pm (noon) and 4pm.  Students who will live on-campus must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to moving in on-campus.  Students residing off-campus are also required to be fully vaccinated. Any additional health and safety requirements (such as required quarantining and/or COVID testing) may be communicated to students at a later date; please be prepared to follow any University, local, state, and/or federal arrival health requirements.  

*Subject to change based on University, local, state, and/or federal guidance.

To get started, please select your category of admission below

 

Mandatory Pre-Arrival Orientation (Online)

The Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard will open in November 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 albany.zoom.us.  For weeks featuring a discussion forum the forum will be conducted asynchronously.  All Zoom links are available by logging in to the Blackboard page and viewing the schedule.

  1. Introduction & Preparing for Arrival (November 1-November 2)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Monday, November 1 9:00am-10:00am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  2. Housing (November 7-November 8)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Wednesday, November 10 9:00am-10:00am EDT (NY time):
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  3. Great Dane Community Standards (November 15-16)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on November 15-16
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  4. Cultural Adjustment & U.S. Race Relations (November 22-23)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Monday, November 22nd, 9:00-10:00am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director
  5. Academic Success & Online Learning (November 29-30)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom on Monday, November 29th 9:00-10:00 am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director
  6. Managing Your Finances (December 6-December 7)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on December 6-December 7
    • Moderated by Kayla O’Donnell, International Student Coordinator
  7. Personal & Online Safety (December 13-14)
    • Live Q&A on Zoom, Tuesday, December 14h, 10:00am-11:00am EDT (NY time)
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  8. Immigration Matters (December 20-21)
    • Live Q&A on Tuesday December 21 at 9:30 AM Eastern Time (NY time). 
    • Moderated by Tricia Tierney, Sr. International Student Coordinator
  9. Health Care (December 27-28)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on December 27-28
    • Moderated by Tara Evans, Associate Director
  10. Campus Engagement & Activities (January 3-4)
    • Live Q&A on Tuesday January 4 at 9:30 AM Eastern Time (NY time). 
    • Moderated by Tricia Tierney, Sr. International Student Coordinator
  11. Career/Professional Development and Employment Resources  (January 10-11)
    • Join the Blackboard Forum for discussion on January 10-11
    • Moderated by Dr. Michael Elliott, Director