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 the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

In addition to the core program, the Summer Academic Institute (SAI) is designed exclusively for International Students who have been accepted to the University at Albany for the Fall semester. Courses and activities in the SAI help familiarize students with American culture and the University system. The goal of SAI is to provide skills and strategies for reading and writing effectively at the university level and to help students develop their listening, speaking and note-taking skills and to gain confidence speaking in an academic English environment. This four week course helps students gain the confidence needed for academic success.

For further information, contact IELP by phone at (518) 437-5040 or by e-mail at 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 1,750 international students from nearly 100 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: Web: