University at Albany (SUNY)

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College Profile

The University at Albany, one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is an internationally recognized public research institution that brings “The World Within Reach” to nearly 18,000 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The varied perspectives and life experiences of a student body and faculty that represent more than 100 nations provide a diversity that enriches learning at UAlbany.

Academic Programs

Students choose from 125 undergraduate majors and minors and 120-plus graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked, among them criminal justice, atmospheric science, information technology, public administration, educational administration, social welfare, and sociology.

Life-Enhancing Research and Scholarship
n every area of study, students 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. As mentors, they provide numerous student-research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations.

Excellence at a Great Value
UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources, such as the rankings published by U.S. News and World Report. Its great value comes in the world of opportunities available to students at an affordable price.

Strategic Location

The University’s location in the state capital of New York gives students many opportunities to engage with the world around them, serve the public good, and gain experience in business and government. Through student internships and public service, students develop their skills and prepare to launch brilliant careers.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 17,338
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 12,822
  • Graduate enrollment: 4,516
  • International Student Enrollment: 1,739
  • Male 48%, Female 52%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 19:1
  • Faculty: Full-Time 606, Part-Time 713
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 94
  • Top five countries represented on campus:
China, South Korea, India, Japan, Brazil

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

Yes, A full-time program is available at six levels every fall and spring semester and for eight weeks in the summer. 

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Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?


Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

International applicants to UAlbany undergraduate and Masters programs whose English scores are not high enough may apply for conditional admission. If admitted, they will study full-time in the UAlbany Intensive English Language Program (IELP) until they are ready to matriculate as degree candidates.

International students who meet the minimum requirements and have been admitted to full-time study in the Fall Semester should consider coming four weeks early and enrolling in the Summer Academic Institute, an intensive program designed to improve their English and give them the skills to get better grades in their first year at UAlbany.

International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?

Yes, on-campus housing is available for undergraduates.  Off-campus rooms and apartments are locally available for all students. International undergraduates and Intensive English students have access to on-campus student housing. The University at Albany has no on-campus housing available for international graduate students.

Collaborative programs

    Buenos Aires – Universidad del Salvador
    São Paulo – Mackenzie Presbyterian University
    Québec – CREPUQ University Consortium
    Beijing – Beijing Normal University
    Beijing – Peking University
    Chengdu – Sichuan University
    Hong Kong –Hong Kong Baptist University
    Shanghai – East China Normal University
    Shanghai – Fudan University
    San José – University of Costa Rica
    San Ramon– University of Costa Rica
    Hull – University of Hull
    Nottingham – University of Nottingham
    Montpellier – University of Montpellier II
    Grenoble – University of Grenoble
    Turku – Abo Akademi University
    Oulu – University of Oulu
    Braunschweig – Technical University of Braunschweig
    Würzburg – University of Würzburg
    Milan – Bocconi University
    Milan – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
    Osaka – Kansai Gaidai University
    Tokyo – Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Chuncheon – Hallym University
    Chuncheon – Kangwon National University
    Daegu – Yeungnam University
    Seoul – Yonsei University
    Monterrey – Technical University of Monterrey (ITESM)
    Tilburg – Tilburg University 
    Nijmegen– HAN University of Applied Sciences
    Bergen – University of Bergen
    San Juan – University of the Sacred Heart
    Moscow – Moscow State University
    Glasgow – University of Glasgow
    Gothenburg – Gothenburg University
    Taipei – National Taiwan University
    St. Augustine – University of the West Indies
    Dubai – American University in Dubai
    Swansea – Swansea University

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International students seeking to enroll as first-time

International students seeking to transfer to your institution’s undergraduate program:

Graduate admission requirements for international students:

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

For complete details on Tuition Costs and Fees please click the link below and select the semester you will attend under the heading International Students:

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Yes, International graduate applicants may apply for graduate, teaching, and research assistantships. However there is no financial aid currently available for undergraduate applicants.

Student Activities and Campus Life

UAlbany has programs, services, and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. There are countless opportunities for you to get involved and make connections.  UAlbany offers more than 200 clubs and student organizations. Whether you’re interested in sports, intramurals, politics, arts, religion or community service, you’re sure to find a club that suits. And if you don’t, that’s okay—you can always start your own through the Student Association, the undergraduate student government, or the Graduate Student Organization.