New Students

Spring 2020 International Orientation will take place January 16-18, 2020.  New students should plan to arrive on January 16, 2020.  Check in will take place between 1-4pm on January 16th (students needing MMR immunizations on campus should check in at 1pm).

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 January 16, 2020 in the Campus Center Assembly Hall (2nd floor); students must arrive for Orientation check-in between 1pm-4pm. Students living on-campus may move into their Residence Hall on January 16, 2020 between 12pm-4pm.

 ISSS will provide limited complimentary transportation service on Thursday, January 16th from the Albany Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the Albany Bus Terminal, and select hotels only. To request a pick-up, please complete this form prior to January 10th, 2019.

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

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Mandatory Pre-Orientation (Online)

The pre-Orientation on Blackboard will open in mid-November.  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 November and January. 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.

Pre-Arrival Orientation Schedule, Spring 2020

(For a full schedule with learning objectives, please click here)

  • Introduction & Preparing to Travel- November 18-19
  • Housing- November 21-22
  • Great Dane Community Standards- November 25-26
  • Cultural Adjustment-  December 2-3
  • Academic Success- December 5-6
  • Immigration Matters- December 9-10
  • Managing Your Finances- December 12-13
  • On and Off Campus Safety- December 16-17
  • Health Care & Insurance- December 19-20
  • Campus Engagement/Your Experiential Resume- December 30-31
  • Career/Professional Development and Employment Resources- January 2-3

If you have any questions, please email