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. 

Spring 2023 Orientation Schedule (January 12-January 17)

Orientation is required for all new international students and will start the afternoon of January 12, 2023 and activities will run through January 17, 2023.  New international students living on-campus may move-in on January 12, 2023 starting at 1pm as long as all pre-arrival requirements for move-in have been completed by that time. Classes start January 18, 2023. 

Need help finding a room?  View our Orientation Maps or call the Orientation Hotline at 518-591-8179 during Orientation for assistance with getting around campus.  This hotline is only available during Orientation to help students get around campus; any other questions or concerns should be asked while attending the Orientation program.  The hotline will be available:

  • Thursday, January 12 from 12:00pm-5:30pm
  • Friday, January 13 from 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, January 14 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Pre-Arrival Checklist

At this time incoming new students should begin completing the items on their pre-arrival checklist.

Mandatory Pre-Arrival Orientation (Online)

The Pre-Arrival Orientation on Blackboard will open on November 1st, 2022 for students starting in Spring 2023.  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 November through January. Each week/module  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 with all modules 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 is accessed by clicking on the title, which is an active link to enter the module page. The quiz is located in the folder at the end of the modules (at the bottom). 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  For weeks featuring a discussion forum the forum will be conducted asynchronously.

Schedule Overview (for detailed schedule, including Zoom meeting links, please log in to Blackboard page)

  • Introduction & Preparing for Arrival (November 1-November 4)
  • Housing (November 7-November 11)
  • Great Dane Community Standards (November 14-18)
  • Cultural Adjustment & U.S. Race Relations (November 21-25)
  • Academic Success (November 28-December 2)
  • Managing Your Finances (December 5-December 9)
  • Personal & Online Safety (December 12-December 16)
  • Immigration Matters (December 19-December 23)
  • Health Care (December 26-December 30)
  • Campus Engagement & Activities (January 2-January 6)
  • Career/Professional Development and Employment Resources  (January 9-January 13)


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