New Students

Fall 2019 International Orientation & Welcome Weekend, August 18th-August 23, 2019

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 select the category of student you belong to below to register for Orientation and access other important information.  Mandatory Orientation will begin on August 18, 2019 in the Campus Center Ballroom; students must arrive for Orientation check-in between 1:30pm-4:00pm. Students living on-campus may begin to move into their Residence Hall starting on August 18th at noon.

 ISSS will provide complimentary taxi service on August 18th, only to the Main Campus or Alumni Quad from the Albany International Airport, Albany-Rensselaer train station, and Albany Bus Station. To sign-up, please fill in this form If you are unable to access the link, please email 

To get started on your pre-arrival checklist, please select the category of student you belong to below.  Your category is indicated in your acceptance letter.  If you are uncertain which category you belong to, please email 

Freshmen Students

Undergraduate Transfer Students

Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange Students

Graduate Students

F-1 and J-1 international students, please also read a Welcome Letter from ISSS's Director, here.

Non F-1 and J-1 international students, please read a Welcome Letter from ISSS's Director, here.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Mandatory Pre-Orientation (Online)

The pre-Orientation is now OPEN on Blackboard.  To access Blackboard, please click here. For detailed instructions on how to access it please click here. If you cannot access it, please email for assistance.

ISSS’s Pre-Orientation is designed to serve students in two key ways. First, it will help you to prepare for life in the United States and for how to be successful from day one at UAlbany. Second, it allows you to familiarize yourself with Blackboard, the primary academic online platform for your coursework. Your professors will use Blackboard to post readings, assignments, and quizzes, so this gives you a chance to practice how to use it.

ISSS will provide several "modules," available between June and August. You are required to review these modules prior to arrival. Accompanying “modules” (the sub folders under the “Content” section) is a “Forum,” where ISSS advisors and current students can answer your questions and concerns.

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

Below is the schedule:

  • Preparing to Travel: June 20-21
  • Housing: June 24-25
  • Community Standards: June 27-28
  • Cultural Adjustment: July 1-2
  • Academic Success: July 4-5
  • Immigration Matters : July 8-9
  • Managing Your Finances: July 11-12
  • On and Off Campus Safety: July 15-16
  • Health Care (including Insurance): July 18-19
  • Campus Engagement/Your Experiential Resume: July 22-23
  • Career Development and Employment Resources: July 25-26

If you have any questions, please email

Boot Camp for Academic and Language Success

Every year just before the Fall International Student Orientation, the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers a Boot Camp for Academic and Language Success for incoming International Graduate and Undergraduate Students and Study Abroad Students. The goal of this four-day course is to help new international students at UAlbany learn the key skills that will promote success in university study for a broad range of academic majors.  IELP offers 12 Workshops during this Academic and Language Skills Bootcamp.   Please email for more information.