New Students

Spring 2019 Mandatory International Orientation & Welcome Weekend

January 17-January 22nd, 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 January 17, 2019 in the Campus Center Ballroom.

 ISSS will provide complimentary taxi service on January 17th to campus from the Albany Airport, Albany-Rensselaer train station, and Albany Bus Station.  More information will be announced in December.

Freshmen Students

Undergraduate Transfer Students

Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange Students

Graduate Students

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

Mandatory Pre-Orientation (Online)

Pre-Orientation for Spring admits will take place November 26th, 2018-January 6th, 2019

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 December and January. 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.