International Student & 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, English classes are offered for UAlbany matriculated undergraduate and graduate international students. Click on the link to ESL Courses for University Students on the IELP website for courses on oral communication and academic writing.

The offering of these courses is contingent upon sufficient enrollment. These courses are non-credit, but carry a 3 credit hour load equivalency for F-1 status.

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 & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides a broad range of advising and referral services to approximately 1,300 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
  • Federal and state regulations
  • Visa programs
  • Pre-arrival information 
  • Workshops on special topics
  • Health insurance and health care
  • Host family opportunities
  • Social activities and trips
  • Improving English proficiency
  • Personal finances
  • Income tax forms
  • Access to other agencies supporting international studies

For further information, contact ISSS by phone at (518) 591-8189 or by e-mail at: Web: