College Profile

Named one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine, University at Albany, SUNY (UAlbany) is an excellent university – at an extraordinary value. Located in New York’s capital city, the University at Albany is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers approximately 17,000  students the expansive opportunities of a large university in an environment designed to foster individual success. Students choose from over 150 undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare them for success in a wide range of fields.

UAlbany faculty are world-class scholars and instructors ─ 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 skills and aspirations.

The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology and social work.

UAlbany prepares students to pursue careers in a wide range of professions and enter top graduate, law or medical schools. Students have access to internships and career preparation in Fortune 500 businesses in every field, plus early assurance options with Albany Medical Center and a unique partnership with Albany Law School. Recent additions to our academic offerings include some of the most in-demand programs today, such as computer engineering, cybersecurity, homeland security, emergency preparedness, digital forensics, financial market regulation and public health.

The Capital Region of New York State has the highest employment rate in Upstate New York, and is home to bustling industries like government, technology, business, healthcare and education. The University’s location provides students with limitless opportunities for internships and public service through which they gain experience, test their skills, and prepare to launch a successful career.

Programs We Offer

Graduate and Undergraduate

Atmospheric Science
Business Administration
Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences (undergraduate only)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Digital Forensics
Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Environmental Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Public Health


17,075 Total Enrollment
12,654 Undergraduate Enrollment
4,421 Graduate Enrollment
1,602 International Student Enrollment
52% Male
48% Female
18:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
1,200 (total faculty) Faculty: Full-Time
100+ Countries Represented
Top 5 India, China, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh
Other Public Research I University in New York’s State Capital

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

Yes, University at Albany IELP (Intensive English Language Program) is designed for international students who want to improve their English language skills. The IELP, established in 1978, has trained 10,000+ ESL students. The IELP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs and University and College Intensive English Programs.

The IELP has many great options. After successfully completing the IELP, many students enter one of UAlbany’s world-famous degree programs. Classes are offered in 8-week, and 4-week sessions. There are five 8-week sessions, and ten 4-week sessions, offered throughout the year. Students take a placement test and enroll in the number of sessions necessary to achieve their desired English language level. There are five levels of English offered, from basic to university-ready advanced.

There Are Four Pathways Offered:

Fast-Track Pathway with Conditional Admission
Guided Language and Academic Pathway
UA-USA Experience with Concurrent Enrollment
Academic and Language Skills Boot Camp short-seminar pathway
The Intensive English Language Program Advantage:

  • Conditional Admission & TOEFL Waiver
  • Small Class Size
  • All Teachers have Master’s Degrees or Higher
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • 8- and 4-week Sessions
  • Social and Cultural Activities & Language Clubs
    Located in New York State, two hours away from New York City

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International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?
The University at Albany offers a host of living options for incoming students. Freshmen students live in traditional residence halls on either Indigenous or State Quad, which feature double occupancy and suite-style floor plans. All freshman students are required to live on campus for their first two years of study. For third and fourth-year students, the housing options include apartment-style living in Freedom Apartments, Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace.

Other options include Dutch and Colonial Quad, with more suite-style living arrangements.

Students can also sign up for living-learning communities,  which offers students a unique opportunity to connect classroom learning with residential life by pairing on-campus housing with students who share similar academic goals and interests.

All housing options feature a host of standard amenities, including cable television, telephone and internet access, multiple dining options, fitness and wellness centers, as well as mail and laundry services.

Learn more about living on-campus at UAlbany:

Students living off-campus while attending the University at Albany are provided a unique opportunity to experience everything the Capital Region has to offer, while bus and mass transit services get you where you need to go.

Many students who live downtown take part in internships in the City of Albany, the seat of New York State Government.

UAlbany students are also known to engage with the community-at-large and build stronger ties by taking part in neighborhood clean-up or volunteering efforts.

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Collaborative Programs

UAlbany has approximately 150 agreements, MOUs and partnerships with institutions all around the world.

Some places where these schools are located are:
Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, US and Vietnam.

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Yes. We offer up to $18,500 scholarships for undergraduates based on application for admission (no separate application is required). This scholarship is renewable until the student graduates, with a potential total of $74,000 over four years. Our office looks at GPA, test scores, and extra-curricular activities. Residence Life also offers a one-time $3,000 scholarship for transfer students living on campus. Students must have a 3.0 minimum gpa for this scholarship. Students can certainly apply for more scholarships once they are enrolled at UAlbany.

For graduate students, multiple tuition assistantships, as well as scholarships and fellowships are offered. More information about this can be found here.

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.

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University at Albany (SUNY)


Ann Gogerty
International Recruitment Specialist

Jane Benson-Rivera
Assistant Director

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
Yes. UAlbany is able to issue requests for both F-1 and J-1 visas, as appropriate.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

Undergraduate on-campus
Tuition/Fees: $31,896
Living Exp: $16,034
Other: $1,300
Total: $49,243

Undergraduate off-campus
Tuition/Fees: $31,896
Living Exp: $8,450
Other: $2,500
Total: $40,624

Undergraduate admissions website

Tuition/Fees: $20,560
Living Exp: $8,450
Total: $29,010

Graduate admissions website


Major Areas of Study

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Art and Graphic Design
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Communications Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Counseling and Social Work
Education, Teaching ESL
Engineering Technologies
English Language and Literature
Health and Medical Administrative Services
Health and Medicine
Health Sciences
Human Services
International Relations
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Law and Legal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Library Science
Math and Statistics
Mental and Social Health Services
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Public and Social Services
Public Health
Science Technologies
Science, Math, and Technology
Security and Protective Services/Criminal Justice
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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