New Students

Fall 2018 Mandatory International Orientation & Welcome Weekend

August 19th- August 26th, 2018       

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 19th, 2018 with Orientation check-in  from 1:30-5:00 in the Campus Center Ballroom. 

 ISSS will provide complimentary taxi service on Sunday, August 19th to campus from the Albany Airport, Albany-Rensselaer train station, and Albany Bus Station.  To sign up for taxi pick-up, please click here. We look forward to you joining our vibrant community of international students!

Freshmen Students

Undergraduate Transfer Students

Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange Students

Graduate Students

Please also read a Welcome Letter from ISSS's Director, here.

Required Online Pre-Orientation

Pre-Orientation is OPEN! Please log in to Blackboard to begin reviewing information and chatting with staff and other new students.

ISSS requires 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 on 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 between June and August. 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.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

The below checklist will be mailed to you with your I-20.  You can also view a PDF version here.

Academic and Language Skills Bootcamp

This four-day course is designed for international students who will begin their academic studies at UAlbany in Fall 2018.  Students will learn the key skills that promote success in university study for a broad range of academic majors.

For more information, please click here to view the program flyer, or email