New Students

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. 

International Student Orientation is required for all new F-1 and J-1 students.  Orientation for students starting in Fall 2024  will begin online in June and continue in person from Tuesday, August 20, 2024- Friday, August 23, 2024.

Students who will live on-campus will schedule a move in appointment with the Office of Residential Life after housing assignments are released in early August. New international students living on campus may move in on Monday, August 19 or the morning of Tuesday, August 20 (please note there is no Orientation programming on August 19, it is a move in day only).  Prior to move in students must complete all health requirements.   If you arrive before your move-in date please arrange for a hotel

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Begin completing your pre-arrival checklist, even if your visa has not been issued yet.

Online Orientation (June-August)

International Online Orientation will cover a different important topic each week  from June-August. Students are expected to complete all components of Online Orientation prior to arrival for in-person Orientation in August.

Online Orientation will take place on Brightspace, the University's online learning platform which you will also use for classes.  Access will be granted in late May/early June for new students. Here is an instructional video to get you started:


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