New Students

New International Student Orientation

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. Please plan to attend mandatory orientation beginning on Tuesday, January 16, 2017 at 2:30pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. You are allowed to move into the residence halls starting on Tuesday, January 16th at noon. We look forward to you joining our vibrant community of over 1700 international students!

ISSS Director's Welcome Letter


New International Student Online Pre-Orientation!

Are you a new student hoping to meet other students and receive information prior to arriving in August? ISSS offers pre arrival orientation to all new students to help them prepare for life in the United States. To access Pre-Orientation, log in to Blackboard using your NetID and password, navigate to the Community Tab (upper right), and select "International Student Pre-Arrival Orientation." Chat with new students, staff, and current students under the "Forums" section, and get information under "Content."

ISSS’s Pre-Orientation on Blackboard is designed to serve students in two key ways. First, it will prepare you for your life in the United States prior to arrival to ensure you are able to ensure you get the most out of Orientation and are able to be successful from Day One in the United States. Second, it allows you to familiarize yourself with Blackboard, the primary academic online platform for your coursework.
ISSS will have modules available through December and January. You are required to review these modules prior to arrival. Accompanying each “Module” (the sub folders under the “Content” section) is a “Forum,” where ISSS advisors and current students can answer your questions and concerns.

Please see the schedule, below.  For a PDF version, click here.