||In today's evolving world, you need more than the tools of a trade or knowledge that comes from a book. You need a broad view of the world—the ability to adapt, to accept new ideas, and to embrace, even lead, change. At UAlbany, you'll find the resources and experiences you need to prepare for an unpredictable future. And you'll study and learn with a diverse group of students from around the globe—enriching your experience and opening you up to endless new ideas.
Whether you're interested in psychology or biology, informatics or engineering, our diverse academic offerings will teach you new ways to think about your subject and the world. Our wide array of academic choices includes 150-plus undergraduate programs and more than 125 graduate programs, several of which are ranked near the top in the nation.
As an undergraduate degree-seeking student you will be matched with a departmental academic advisor who will assist you in course selection, registration, and degree progression. In addition, you will have the support of the Center for International Education and Global Strategy for your co-curricular and immigration advising needs.
To complement your program of study in the United States, J-1 visa students are eligible for Academic Training (A/T). Academic Training is designed to provide J-1 students with employment experience in their field of study. Academic Training must be directly related to the your field of study. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS) assists currently enrolled students in the Academic Training process.
Attendance Policy for International Students
A strict attendance policy is enforced. To maintain visa status, you are required to submit homework assignments, attend classes, and participate fully. All undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits each semester. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits each semester.
||In every area of study, you are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers - many actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes profoundly to the public good. They are partners with industry and published authors, and know from experience what it takes to succeed. As mentors, they provide numerous student-research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations.
||All undergraduate exchange and visiting students are guaranteed on-campus dorm housing. After acceptance to UAlbany, you will be sent an email from your Program Coordinator with the link from the Residential Life department that is used for on-campus housing sign up.
For general information about on-campus living, please visit the Residential Life web page.
Housing for graduate students is limited to a first come, first serve basis. Graduate students will be notified if they receive housing a few weeks before the start of the semester with an email to your UAlbany email account.
Homestays are also available in a limited quantity. Please email us to learn more.
Some students choose to live off campus. We cannot assist you in finding off-campus housing. For information regarding off campus living, please review the Off-Campus Housing web page.
||Your finances must meet certain standards in order for UAlbany to issue you visa support.
Academic Year 2017/18
Under this exchange agreement, UAlbany tuition and fees are waived. You are liable for all other expenses, including mandatory health insurance and the SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Semester: $8,821.50
- Academic Year: $17,878.80
Please download the most recent estimate of costs here: Academic Year 2018/19 Cost Sheet Coming Soon!
- Semester: $8,821.50
- Academic Year: $17,878.80
||The UAlbany exchange program receives students for semester or year-long exchange from our partner universities.
To study at UAlbany as an exchange student, your home university must select and recommend you. Exchange students receive academic and social support from the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS).
English Language Requirement
Your skills in English must be high enough to take regular classes taught in English. You must meet one of UAlbany's English proficiency requirements to attend the University as an exchange student:
I have been selected by my home campus, now what?
- TOEFL: 70 / 523 pbt
- IELTS: 6.0
- ELS 112
- Completion of the UAlbany IELP program
If you are selected by your home campus, you must apply to UAlbany using the special forms and procedures designed for exchange students. To be admitted, your application must be processed by the Education Abroad Office which is part of the Center for International Education & Global Strategy at UAlbany. Do not apply directly to either the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Offices.
||Each semester, the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS) holds multiple events to assist our international students in becoming comfortable here at UAlbany. Some past events have included day trips to Boston and New York City, local apple picking, ski outings and holiday celebrations. There are multiple clubs, sports teams and athletic events! View the programs and events listings on the International Student and Scholar Services web page.
In addition, UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.
||Scholarship information and advisement for international students is available through the U.S. government's EducationUSA website.
||“My experience here at the University at Albany has been one of the most revitalizing and invigorating experiences. Coming here my expectations were muddled, I was anxious about the educational system, the people and the lifestyle. However, being here for over 8 months I now consider it a home for me, so much so that I have extended my visa for another work. Being an exchange student for one year gave me opportunities and support that was incredible. My family originated from Punjab India, and I am the second generation to be born in the United Kingdom. Both my mother and father were encouraged to work straight out of school and are now self-employed, they did not make it past the earliest stages of school. Being the oldest of four children it was an achievement in itself that I was the first in the family to make it to University. I truly enjoyed every moment of UAlbany.”
— Academic year exchange student from Scotland, University of Glasgow
||To learn more about this program, please contact your UAlbany Education Abroad advisor.
Tel: (518) 591-8172
Education Abroad Office
Center for International Education and Global Strategy
University at Albany
Science Library- G40
||New York is world-famous for culture, the arts, media, business, history, entertainment, fashion, international diplomacy, theater and world-class universities. When studying at the University at Albany, in New York capital city, you will have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities in a city rich with opportunity! Albany's 400 year history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complimenting its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents. Our campus is in the center of New York's fast-growing TechValley, a hotbed of Research and Development, business, and entrepreneurial activity.
The Capital Region, as Albany is known, is home to 20 universities and colleges, 65,000 students, and nearly 800,000 people.
The region is also a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Among its attractions are the New York State Museum and Library and the Times Union Center, a major Northeast entertainment and sports venue. Exploring the city and its many festivals, or getting out into nature, are very much a part of the experience of the Albany region. We are fortunate to admire four different seasons and all that they bring with them! Our campus is within reach of exceptional skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities.
In addition, Albany's central location makes travel to New York City (only 135 miles away), Montreal, and Boston easy, making your access to resources and activities unlimited! Both Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. are within a day's distance too! You will find that Albany offers you the strategic advantage of all city life has to offer, without the big city expenses, in beautiful and scenic surroundings. Welcome to your home away from home.
Traveling to Albany
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office arranges pick up for students from the Albany International Airport on one designated day. More information regarding this service is available after acceptance to your program.
Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey. If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany.
If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany. Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.
The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.
General Travel Advice
Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.
||You education abroad program will last a semester, academic year, or calendar year. Review the University's Academic Calendar. The Fall semester runs from late August to December and the Spring semester runs from late January through mid-May.
As an international student, you are required to participate in two mandatory orientations. The Pre-Arrival orientation is conducted online, before you arrive. The On-Site orientation is held upon your arrival to campus. Both orientations are conducted by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Orientation schedules are listed on the ISSS website.
||The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare.
The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University's Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education.
The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.
Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer.
The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.