International Student and Scholar Services

Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is designed for students who wish to improve their English language skills for academic and professional reasons. Classes are communicative, integrating all language skills, and are taught at seven levels, from basic to advanced.

IELP classes are offered in eight-week sessions throughout the year. Core classes of Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing are offered at all seven levels. IELP students also take elective classes such as Business English, Academic Vocabulary, American Film, Grammar, and English for Science and Engineering. In addition to eight-week sessions, IELP offers four-week sessions throughout the year and short-term custom ESP programs during the summer. IELP additionally offers online classes that are live, interactive, and supported by cultural, language, academic, and social activities.

IELP offers an Academic and Language Skills Boot Camp designed exclusively for International Students who have been accepted to the University at Albany. The goal of the Boot Camp is to provide students with key skills that will promote success in university study for a broad range of academic majors. The Boot Camp workshops help students gain the confidence needed for academic success.

For further information, contact IELP by phone at (518) 591-8172 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Web:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides a broad range of advising and referral services to approximately 2,000 enrolled and graduated international students from nearly 90 countries. One of the first contacts that undergraduate students have with UAlbany is receiving pre-arrival materials from ISSS and participating in its thorough orientation program.

ISSS, in Science Library G-40, is the primary contact office for assistance regarding such issues as: 

  • Non-immigrant status and visa issues
  • Federal and state regulations pertaining to international students and scholars
  • Pre-arrival information and orientation (online and on campus)
  • Workshops on special topics
  • Health insurance and health care
  • Social activities, cultural events and trips
  • Personal finances
  • Income tax service
  • Resources and referrals to other agencies supporting international students

For further information, contact ISSS by phone at (518) 591-8172 or by e-mail at: [email protected]. Web: