ISSS Announcements

English courses for International Students for Spring 2011 semester.

posted Dec 16, 2010, 11:40 AM by Austin Powers

Attached is the announcement for the Spring 2011 ESL 001, ESL 002, ETAP 500 and ETAP 687 courses for international students who are already in the U.S. and are currently enrolled in the University or who have advanced English.   If you require further information, please contact IELP@albany.edu or visit our website: www.albany/edu/IELP .

ISSS Announcements: Special Announcements - ISSS Events

posted Dec 7, 2010, 9:35 AM by OIE GA

1. ISSS End of the Semester Party – Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in SL G-5 (OIE Conference Room).

Join ISSS for a stress-free afternoon of snacks and a traditional American holiday movie. It’s a great chance to relax with friends before final exams start. We hope to see you there!!

2. Indoor Rock Climbing with ISSS – Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at Albany’s Indoor Rockgym

Join ISSS for an afternoon of ROCK CLIMBING at Albany's Indoor Rockgym! Take a short break from studying for final exams and explore one of the Capital District's best athletic facilities. The Rockgym includes two large rooms full of rock climbing walls (from beginner to advanced levels), the nation's ONLY indoor cave system, and even a 60 foot zip line that spans across the venue! More info on the Rockgym can be found here- http://www.airrockgym.com/ .

The cost for the event is $25, and includes transportation, admission to Albany's Indoor Rockgym, and gear rental (rock climbing shoes, safety harnesses, etc.). We will depart for the Rockgym from Collins Circle at 12 Noon and return by 3 PM.

Sign up for this event today at The Office of International Education (Science Library G-40)!

ISSS Announcements: Diwali, Thanksgiving & an Extra Hour of Sleep

posted Nov 4, 2010, 1:04 PM by Austin Powers

1. The Indian Student Organization presents the "Diwali Night - 2010" - Saturday, November 6th, 2010 beginning at 4:00 pm
2. Sunday, November 7th begins Daylight Savings Time – Don’t forget to change your clocks to get that extra hour of sleep!
3. Recess Housing Information for International Students Living On-Campus
4. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? ISSS has a couple of good options!
5. New USCIS Filing Fees (Including New Filing Fee for Optional Practical Training) Take Effect November 23.  Apply Soon to Avoid $40.00 Increase!


For more information on these topics, please see below.

1. The Indian Student Organization presents the "Diwali Night - 2010" - Saturday, November 6th, 2010 beginning at 4:00 pm

The Indian Student Organization invites you all to another colorful Diwali Night. This year’s cultural performance is being organized on the 6th of November at the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center followed by authentic Indian Dinner in the Campus Center Commons Dining. The program features a range of cultural song and dance performances. The program includes the classical Indian and fusion form of dance performances from UAlbany Belly Dancing group, UAlbany Nasha, ASIA and many more.
 

Cultural show – Recital Hall , Performing Arts Center, UAlbany ( 4PM)

Dinner- Campus Center Commons, UAlbany (6 PM)

Tickets to the Show & Dinner - $5 (Advance) & $7 (at door) - per person

Tickets being Sold at GSO Office CC 165B
 
Also, Contact for Tickets - Abhishek - abhishekgottipati@gmail.com   518-366-1021
                                     - Yashdeep - yashdeep85@gmail.com   732-357-5997


2. Sunday, November 7th begins Daylight Savings Time – Don’t forget to change your clocks to get that extra hour of sleep! Before going to bed on Saturday night, turn your clocks back an hour. If you go to sleep at 11:00, set your clocks to 10:00.


3. Recess Housing Information for International Students Living On-Campus – if you are currently living on-campus and need a place to stay during the Thanksgiving Holiday Break, you need to sign-up for Recess Housing. Residence Halls close at noon (12:00) on Wednesday, Nov. 24th and re-open on Sunday, Nov. 28th at 11:00 am. If you need to stay on-campus during the break, you must fill out the attached application and get it to your quad office as soon as possible.

Recess Buildings are as follows for 2010:
State Quad: Anthony, Cooper, Fulton, and Whitman Halls
Dutch Quad: Van Rensselaer, Ryckman, and Ten Broeck Halls
Alumni Quad: Pierce, Waterbury, and Sayles Halls


4. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? ISSS has a couple of good options!

A.    International Student & Scholar Services, along with the Graduate Student Organization, invites you to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 24th  (the day before Thanksgiving) at 12 Noon – in the SEFCU Arena’s Hall of Fame Room. The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, and each student is allowed two tickets, one for yourself and one for a guest.  Sign up for all students is at the GSO Office located in CC 165B. Tickets are limited, so please sign up early to get yours! 

B.   Join a local host family and share in the tradition of the Thanksgiving holiday in an American home.  It will be a special opportunity for you to experience American culture and share some of your own with your hosts!  This dinner will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th.  Please see the attached application for information on how to sign up.


5. New USCIS Filing Fees (Including New Filing Fee for Optional Practical Training) Take Effect November 23.  Apply Soon to Avoid $40.00 Increase!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced new filing fees for benefits applications (Including OPT), which are filed with one of the US Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) Service Centers or Field Offices. 

The new fees are effective November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new fee.

• Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization – the fee will increase from $340 to $380 (includes OPT applications)
 
The ISSS recognizes that some students who will graduate in December 2010 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training may decide to file their applications early to avoid paying the higher $380 filing fee.  Students are urged to submit such applications to the ISSS before November 7 to be sure that your application is processed in time for you to mail it to the USCIS Lockbox Facility before November 23.

 

ISSS Announcements: Lots of Interesting Things Coming Up

posted Oct 7, 2010, 9:26 AM by Austin Powers   [ updated Oct 7, 2010, 9:30 AM ]

1. De-stressing Breathing & Meditation Workshop – Mon., Oct. 4th at 5:00 pm
2. Learn, See & Play American Football – Sat., Oct. 9th at 10:00 am
3. International Souses Tea Party – Thurs., Oct. 14th at 5:00 pm
4. Special Interest Session: H-1B Visas & Permanent Residency – Thurs., Oct. 21st at 5:00 pm
5. Special Interest Session: FREE Immigration Legal Advice – Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 21st & 22nd
6. Festival of Nations (Volunteers needed) – Sun., Oct. 24th at 12:00 noon

For more information on these events, please see below.

1. De-stressing Breathing & Meditation Workshop – Mon., Oct. 4th at 5:00 pm – come and learn helpful tips to take the stress off the upcoming midterms through deep breathing and meditation. Monday, Oct. 4th at 5:00 pm in the Terrace Lounge (1st floor of the Campus Center next to GSO). See the attached flier for more information. This workshop is free and everyone is welcome.

 2. Learn, See & Play American Football – Sat., Oct. 9th at 10:00 am – learn the rules of the game and play a game with other international students before watching the UAlbany Homecoming Fall Festival home game. Includes a free lunch as part of the Homecoming festivities. Meet Austin Powers in from of the ISSS office at 10:00 am. Sign-up for this event is available in ISSS. See the attached flier for more information.

 3. International Souses Tea Party – Thurs., Oct. 14th at 5:00 pm - International Student & Scholar Services would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the “International Spouses Tea Party”. We know how difficult it can be for the spouses of international student to get used to life in the United States. It’s a new place, new food, new customs, new language and very little support. The spouses often stay home while the students go off to school. So, ISSS would like to provide the international spouses in the UAlbany community to come out, enjoy some free food and tea and maybe meet new people. Of course the students are invited too!

 International Spouses Tea Party

 Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Science Library, Room G-5.

 Please RSVP for this event no later than Monday, Oct. 11th so we can plan our menu. Also, if you have a favorite tea you would like us to try and find for this event, please let us know.

 4. Special Interest Session: H-1B Visas & Permanent Residency – Thurs., Oct. 21st at 5:00 pm in CC 375- This is a once a year event - don't miss out. Seats are filling up fast!! Please register as soon as possible! Please see the attached flier for more information. A sign up sheet for this event is available in ISSS – if you can’t come by to sign up, you can always call us at 518-591-8189 or e-mail us at ISSS@albany.edu and we’d be happy to put you name on the list.

 5. Special Interest Session: FREE Immigration Legal Advice – Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 21st & 22nd Arthur Serratelli, Esq. will be on campus for two days answering your questions and concerns with FREE legal advice for international students. While Art comes every year for the H-1B and Permanent Residency workshop, this year he is offering 20 minute personal appointments to answer your specific questions and concerns. As space and time is limited, please sign up early in ISSS. See the attached flier for additional details.

6. Festival of Nations (Volunteers needed) – Sun., Oct. 24th  at 12:00 noon – This festival of fun, food and entertainment is looking for volunteers to help out at Empire State Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 24th. Please see the attached flyer for more information and contact Manoj Ajmera at manorita12@yahoo.com ot 518-371-3737 to volunteer. If you do volunteer, please remember that the event coordinators are counting on you to be there – please don’t just disappear the day of the event.

ISSS Announcements: There's lots going on.

posted Oct 7, 2010, 9:21 AM by Austin Powers

 1. TESOL Program English Classes
2. Off-Campus Employment Workshop Schedule – Do you need to apply for OPT this semester?
3. Turkish Student Association of the University at Albany cordially invites you to a Turkish Movie Night – Wednesday, Sept. 29th at 8:00 pm.
4. Visit Washington DC with International Students.  Saturday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 12.
5. Upcoming ISSS-sponsored events:
            a. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
b. Trip to Howe Caverns and Iroquois Indian Museum – Saturday, Oct. 2nd
c. De-stressing Through Meditation and Breathing – Monday, Oct. 4th at 5:00 pm
6. ATTENTION:  NEW PROCEDURE FOR GETTING YOUR INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CARD:

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 1. TESOL Program English Classes - ESL classes at University at Albany this fall semester.
The first meeting is on October 4, at 7 pm in EDU 115 (School of Education building on Uptown Campus). We will have a placement test to form groups. The payment of $45 will be accepted in cash or paychecks (make payable to UAlbany TESOL program)
Classes will start on October 5. They will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7.15 to 9 pm through November 11.
Teachers are Master students at the Department of Educational Theory and Practice.
After the completion of the course all students will receive a certificate. See the attached flier for more details.
 
2. Off-Campus Employment Workshop Schedule – Do you need to apply for OPT this semester? If you are graduating in December, now is the time to start thinking about applying for OPT. ISSS runs a series of workshops on how to apply for off-campus employment )both OPT and CPT). Attending one of these sessions is mandatory for anyone who will be applying for OPT. Sign-up sheets for these workshops are located in the ISSS office (SL G-40)The Schedule for the Fall 2010 semester is as follows:

Sept. 30            Thursday           Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
                                                (1:00 - 2:00 pm, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Oct. 5               Tuesday            Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
(10:00 – 11:00 am, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Oct. 13             Wednesday       Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
(3:00 – 4:00 pm, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Oct. 22             Friday               Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
(1:00 – 2:00 pm, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Oct. 25             Monday             Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
                                                (2:00 – 3:00 pm, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Nov. 5               Friday               Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
                                                (11:00 – 12:00 noon, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Nov. 10             Wednesday       Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
                                                (3:00 – 4:00 pm, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)

Nov. 16             Tuesday            Off Campus Employment Workshop (OPT/CPT)
                                                (10:00 – 11:00 am, OIE Conference Room, SL G-5)
 
3. Turkish Student Association of the University at Albany cordially invites you to a Turkish Movie Night – Wednesday, Sept. 29th at 8:00 pm.
PANDORA'NIN KUTUSU (“Pandora's Box”) - Award-winning 2008 movie with English subtitles

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Lecture Center 6

Sponsored by
Graduate Student Organization
Multi-Cultural Affirmative Action
"Your GSO funds at work"
 
Turkish refreshments and surprise gifts
The event is free and open to all!
http://turksa.blogspot.com/2010/09/turkish-movie-night.html
 
4. Visit Washington DC with International Students.  Saturday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 12.  See the attached flyer for more information. Sign up soon. Space is limited. Trip is sponsored by the Intensive English Language Program.
 
5. Upcoming ISSS-sponsored events:

a. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the lawn behind the Science Library. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of sports and free ice cream. Everyone is welcome. See the attached flyer for more information.

b. Trip to Howe Caverns and Iroquois Indian Museum – Saturday, Oct. 2nd - Saturday, October 2nd, 9:00am – 3:30pm. Location: Howe Caves, NY - Cost: $25. Sign up at the Office of International Education – Science Library G-40

c. De-stressing Through Meditation and Breathing – Monday, Oct. 4th at 5:00 pm in the Terrace Lounge, Campus Center. Come and learn de-stressing breathing techniques and meditation.

 
6. ATTENTION:  NEW PROCEDURE FOR GETTING YOUR INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CARD:
 
A new procedure has been implemented, effective Fall 2010, that will make it more convenient for you to get your insurance card 24/7.  Lost cards may be reprinted using these same procedures.  Please read the following information for additional instructions.  Your insurance card will no longer be available at the Office of International Education. 

HTH Worldwide international health insurance cards are now being sent via an e-mail to your Albany.edu address.  Please check this e-mail account for a message from HTH Worldwide with the Subject heading “SUNY-Your Health Insurance ID Card”.

The e-mail from HTH will give you step by step directions on how to print your card and how to register it.  Please follow these instructions for printing your card.  After you print your card, please follow the directions on how to register it online at www.hthstudents.com .  Registering your card will give you access to important information and assistance with claims, referrals, doctors, translation, medications, and other insurance related materials.   Please note, the document you print is your official card.  No other card is available.

Also, for those still interested in applying for an insurance waiver, please note that the waiver application deadline is Friday October 1, 2010. All waiver applications must be in by that date. No exceptions will be made. Please make sure that all documentation identified at the bottom of the application is attached. Applications received without the required documentation, will not be considered. Please note that insurance policies with the words Travel, Life, Trust, Fire and Marine and Home do not meet the University requirements and waiver applications will not be approved.  

If after following these instructions, you experience difficulty in printing your card or you have deleted the message from HTH please contact IntInsurance@uamail.albany.edu for additional assistance.

 

ISSS Announcements: Special Reminders for New & Returning Students

posted Sep 15, 2010, 2:12 PM by Austin Powers

Contents:

 

1. Horizons International Welcome Dinner – Sat., Sept. 11th at 5:30 pm

2. New I-20s are ready for students who transferred their SEVIS records to UAlbany for Fall 2010.

3. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study.

b. Is your information correct in MyUAlbany? Please check.

c. New students, have you checked in at ISSS?

4. Safety Reminder to all students, especially those living off campus in Albany.

5. Are you a mature international student (over the age of 30, perhaps) who is finding it difficult to find friends your own age?

6. Upcoming ISSS events:

            a. Apple Picking & Hike – Sat. Sept. 17

            b. ISSS Social – Back to School Backyard Party – Fri., Sept. 24

            c. International Knits – Every Tuesday

 

 

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 

1. Horizons International Welcome Dinner – Sat., Sept. 11th at 5:30 pm

 

Horizons International will sponsor a welcome party for new U Albany and St. Rose international students on Saturday evening, September 11, from 6:00-9:00 pm at Pineview Community Church ( 251 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany ).  There will be home-cooked American food, games, prizes, singing, and an opportunity to get to know some Americans and learn more about Horizons.  We have hosted this party at U Albany for more than 20 years.  Many students have really enjoyed it in the past.  The party is open to all new international students, visiting scholars, and spouses or anyone who has never attended a Horizons welcome event before.  Rides will be available from the Collins Circle on the uptown campus at 5:30 pm on September 11

 

If you're interested in attending the party, please call (374-1251) or e-mail (rvanluik@nycap.rr.com) Rick and Robin VanLuik by Friday, September 10

 

To learn more about Horizons, please visit our web-site at www.horizons-int.org.

 

Horizons (www.horizons-int.org <http://www.horizons-int.org>) is a Christian organization serving international students in the Capital District since 1986. Horizons' goal is to help international students adjust to life here and to promote friendship and understanding between students and members of the local community. To that end, Horizons offers group outings, friendships with Americans, and opportunities to learn about the Bible. Students from all religious backgrounds are welcome and respected.

 

 

2. New I-20s are ready for students who transferred their SEVIS records to UAlbany for Fall 2010. If you are a new international student at UAlbany, but transferred your SEVIS record to us from another US institution, you have been registered in SEVIS and can pick up your new “transfer complete” I-20s in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

 

3. Beginning of the semester reminders:

a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study. ISSS would like to take this opportunity to remind students in F-1 and J-1 status that you are required to be registered for a full-time course load each semester. The minimum number of credits you must be registered for is 12 credits per semester (or 9 credits with an assistantship). You must be registered for full-time study by the end of the day on Sept. 14 and ISSS will begin registering students in SEVIS on Sept. 15. Anyone who does not get registered in SEVIS at this time will be considered to be out of status!

 

b. Is your information correct in MyUAlbany? Please check. Please make sure your Albany.edu e-mail is set as the “student” e-mail. Also, make sure your “permanent address” is your home country’s address. This address cannot be a US address.

 

c. New students, have you checked in at ISSS? If you are a new student at UAlbany, please make sure you have come into the ISSS office and checked in. We need copies of your passport, visa, I-94 card and I-20 or DS-2019. If you have not yet checked in at ISSS, please do so as soon as possible. Not doing so puts you out of status and can cause serious immigration problems later on.

 

 

4. Safety Reminder to all students, especially those living off campus in Albany:  Early in September several burglaries were reported to Albany police, including two involving residences of UAlbany students.  As reported in the Sept. 3 issue of the Times-Union newspaper, Detective James Miller of the Albany Police Department said, "Keeping your doors locked and windows shut and locked at all times can help deter anyone from entering your home.... Exterior lights should be kept on at night and you should call police [911] if you think there is anything suspicious in your neighborhood." 

 

 

5. Are you a mature international student (over the age of 30, perhaps) who is finding it difficult to find friends your own age? Sometime, when international student are a few years older than their classmates, they have trouble making friends and feeling like they fit in. ISSS would like to help with this by scheduling a meet & greet for international students over the age of 30 who might feel a bit isolated in the UAlbany community.  But we would like your feedback. If you think we should schedule an event specifically designed to get “older” students to meet, please let us know. If you like this idea, you can contact Annie Heavener at AHeavener@uamail.albany.edu. Please include any suggestions you might have for what you’d like to do at this event.

 

 

6. Upcoming ISSS events:

a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Thatcher Park and Indian Ladder Farms. Cost: $5.00. See the attached flyer for more information. Sign-up for this event in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the lawn behind the Science Library. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of sports and free ice cream. Everyone is welcome. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in ISSS (SL G-40). Open to everyone! All skill levels – from beginners to advanced. Free supplies! See the attached flyer for more information.

 

 

ISSS Announcements: Welcome to the Fall 2010 Semester!

posted Sep 10, 2010, 1:18 PM by Austin Powers

1. The Office of International Education will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in celebration of the Labor Day holiday.

2. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study.

            b. Reduced Course Load Authorization Form

            c. Update your personal information in ISSS.

3. Upcoming ISSS fun stuff:

            a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

            b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

            c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

4. Special reminder: tell someone if you’re going to be traveling.

5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010.

6. English Classes for International Students.

 

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 

1. The Office of International Education will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in celebration of the Labor Day holiday. We will re-open for our normal business hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010). Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

 

 

2. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study. ISSS would like to take this opportunity to remind students in F-1 and J-1 status that you are required to be registered for a full-time course load each semester. The minimum number of credits you must be registered for is 12 credits per semester (or 9 credits with an assistantship). You must be registered for full-time study by the end of the day on Sept. 14 and ISSS will begin registering students in SEVIS on Sept. 15. Anyone who does not get registered in SEVIS at this time will be considered to be out of status!

b.  Reduced Course Load Authorization Form: If you are a student that, for some reason, does not need to be registered for a full-time course load, you will need to submit a Reduced Course Load Authorization Form to ISSS. There are very few reasons why someone is permitted to take a reduced course load, including medical reasons, it’s your first semester in the USA, it’s the last semester in your program, or you’re a Master’s or PhD needing to do a thesis or dissertation. If you fall into any of these categories, please make sure you have the proper RCL form on file with ISSS. The forms are available in ISSS, on our web site at www.albany.edu/isss, or attached to this e-mail.

We will soon be registering students in SEVIS – please don’t get missed because you haven’t submitted the form!

c. Update your personal information in ISSS – the beginning of the semester is the best time to update your personal information with ISSS. Changes that have taken place over the break that we NEED to be kept aware of include:

a.     Your address – have you moved over the summer?

b.    Your emergency contact information – who do we contact in case you have an emergency and how do we contact them?

c.     I-94 card – if you’ve traveled outside the USA, you will have a new I-94 card with a new number on it.

d.    Visas – did you get a new visa over the break?

e.     Passports – did you renew your passport over the summer?

f.     I-20s/DS-2019s – are you starting a new program or level of study this January? If so, we need copies of your new I-20s/DS-2019s.

 

 

3. Upcoming ISSS fun stuff:

            a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Thatcher Park and Indian Ladder Farms. Cost: $5.00. See the attached flyer for more information. Sign-up for this event in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

            b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the lawn behind the Science Library. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of sports and free ice cream. Everyone is welcome. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

            c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in ISSS (SL G-40). Open to everyone! All skill levels – from beginners to advanced. Free supplies! See the attached flyer for more information.

 

 

4. Special reminder: tell someone if you’re going to be traveling. If you are going to be leaving your dorm room/apartment for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to let your roommates or someone else close to you know where you are going. In the recent past, ISSS has received several calls from international students’ roommates worried because they were concerned that their roommate had suddenly “disappeared”. Luckily, it turns out that the international students in question were simply traveling inside the USA. But, in order to eliminate the concern, if you are going to be away for an extended period of time, please let those people closest to you know what your plans are.

 

 

5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010. Waiver request deadline for the Fall 2010 term or 2010/2011 Academic Year is Friday, October 1, 2010. Please stop by the Office of International Education to receive a waiver application. No applications will be received after the deadline date. You can check the status on your MYUALBANY account once bills are generated for the Fall semester.

 

 

6. English Classes for International Students. Please see the attached list for the English classes being offered on campus this Fall semester! *Please note: the ESL 002 class has been cancelled.*

 

ISSS Announcements: The Students Are Coming - Orientation Time is Here!

posted Aug 25, 2010, 4:38 PM by Austin Powers   [ updated Aug 25, 2010, 4:43 PM ]

1. ISSS Availability during International Student Orientation
2. Do you need a roommate this fall?
3. Be a Buddy to newly arriving international students in Fall 2010
4. Please check your MyUAlbany account for your “Permanent Address”
5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010.
6. English Classes for International Students.

For more information on these topics, please see below.

1. ISSS Availability during International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation begins on Sunday! The ISSS staff will be busy preparing for Orientation for the rest of this week (Aug. 17-20) and will be away from the office for Orientation all next week (Aug. 22-27). This means that we will not be processing any paperwork or be available for appointments. Please make your plans accordingly. Paperwork that is dropped off during this period will not be processed until the first week of classes.

We appreciate your patience.

2. Do you need a roommate this fall? Do you know of rooms/apartments for rent? New international students are coming and will be looking for housing! If you are looking for someone to share your apartment with, or if you know of rooms/apartments for rent, please let ISSS know. The newly arriving international students are starting to come into the ISSS office and are looking for places to live.

3. Be a Buddy to newly arriving international students in Fall 2010. Buddies for new students needed urgently!

Because of the large number of new international students requesting to be placed with a Buddy for the first couple weeks of classes, ISSS is asking again that if you have not signed up to be a Buddy, please think about being a helping resource for a new international student – just to help them find their way through their first days here in Albany.

Do you remember what it was like when you first arrived at UAlbany? Most new students feel overwhelmed. But you can help! Be a Buddy to a New International Student! Volunteers are needed to assist new international students before they come to Albany and during the first 2 - 3 weeks of classes in Fall 2010. See the attached flier for more information and a form to send us to say you'd like to help.

Right now, we have lots of students from around the world asking for a buddy for the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester.

4. Please check your MyUAlbany account for your “Permanent Address” – this address MUST be your address in your home country. In the near future, ISSS and the University at Albany are upgrading their computer systems so that we can do batch processing – where the university’s computer talks directly to the SEVIS computer. So, because you are here as international students, your “Permanent Address” field in MyUAlbany MUST be your address in your home country. If you have a US address in that field, you may be missed when it comes time to do the SEVIS registrations in “batch” every semester. This could cause you trouble later on because your record may be terminated if you do not get registered

It is VERY important that this information is correct in your record – please check it again to be absolutely certain the information is correct.

5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010. Waiver request deadline for the Fall 2010 term or 2010/2011 Academic Year is Friday, October 1, 2010. Please stop by the Office of International Education to receive a waiver application. No applications will be received after the deadline date. You can check the status on your MYUALBANY account once bills are generated for the Fall semester

6. English Classes for International Students. Please see the attached list for the English classes being offered on campus this Fall semester!

ISSS Announcements: Summer and Holiday Hours

posted Jun 1, 2010, 10:12 AM by Austin Powers   [ updated Jun 1, 2010, 10:16 AM ]

1. Office Hours – for Summer 2010 and the Memorial Day Holiday. As of May 24th, ISSS is on Summer Hours. The office will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. The office will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2010 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. We will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday, June 1st.

 

Margaret Reich and Annie Heavener will be away from the office Monday, May 31st – Friday, June 4th at the NAFSA Conference. While Lana, Michelle and Ivory will be here, please keep the limited staffing in mind when stopping by the office with questions or to make appointments. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

2. Did you graduate this May? Have you left UAlbany for good? Don’t forget to complete and return an International Student Departure Form. This form can be found on the ISSS web site at www.albany.edu/isss - just click on the “Forms” tab and look for the “Departure Form”.

 

3. Be a Buddy to newly arriving international students in Fall 2010. Buddies for new students needed urgently!

 

Because of the large number of new international students requesting to be placed with a Buddy for the first couple weeks of classes, ISSS is asking again that if you have not signed up to be a Buddy, please think about being a helping resource for a new international student – just to help them find their way through their first days here in Albany.

 

Do you remember what it was like when you first arrived at UAlbany? Most new students feel overwhelmed. But you can help! Be a Buddy to a New International Student! Volunteers are needed to assist new international students before they come to Albany and during the first 2 - 3 weeks of classes in Fall 2010. See the attached flier for more information and a form to send us to say you'd like to help.

Right now, we have lots of students from around the world asking for a buddy for the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester.

 

-The ISSS Staff

ISSS Announcements: Summer 2010

posted May 24, 2010, 9:27 AM by Austin Powers   [ updated Jun 1, 2010, 10:15 AM ]

As the Spring 2010 semester comes to a close, the ISSS staff would like to wish everyone good luck with your final exams and all those papers we know you have to write.  Where ever you will be this summer, whether it’s at home with your family, traveling the world, or here in Albany with us, the ISSS staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy summer. We will miss you all and look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

 

Contents:

 1. Visit the Turkish Cultural Center booths at Tulip Festival this weekend!

2. Be a Buddy to newly arriving international students in Fall 2010

3. Do you have a room or apartment available for the Fall 2010 semester? Are you looking for a roommate?

4. We need your help in planning ISSS summer events!

 

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 

1. Visit the Turkish Cultural Center booths at Tulip Festival this weekend! Sat. & Sun., May 8 & 9 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm in Washington Park.

 Enjoy traditional Turkish food including Baklava, sarma (stuffed leaves), Gozleme, Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza), Manti, Bureks and Salads at booth 129.

 The Turkish Cultural Information Stand – with a raffle, gifts, booklets and maps – is at booth 316.

 

2. Be a Buddy to newly arriving international students in Fall 2010. Buddies for new students needed urgently!

 Because of the large number of new international students requesting to be placed with a Buddy for the first couple weeks of classes, ISSS is asking again that if you have not signed up to be a Buddy, please think about being a helping resource for a new international student – just to help them find their way through their first days here in Albany.

 Do you remember what it was like when you first arrived at UAlbany? Most new students feel overwhelmed. But you can help! Be a Buddy to a New International Student! Volunteers are needed to assist new international students before they come to Albany and during the first 2 - 3 weeks of classes in Fall 2010. See the attached flier for more information and a form to send us to say you'd like to help.

 Right now, we have lots of students from around the world asking for a buddy for the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester.


3. Do you have a room or apartment available for the Fall 2010 semester? Are you looking for a roommate?

 If you know of any available housing for new international students – an apartment or a room – please let ISSS know as soon as possible. Please forward all information to the ISSS e-mail at ISSS@uamaila.albany.edu.

 Attached is a copy of a sample ad that can be placed in ISSS.

 

4. We need your help in planning ISSS summer events!

 The ISSS is in the process of planning some fun things for the UAlbany international community to do this summer. But we need your help. We would like to know how many international students will be in Albany during the summer months and what kinds of activities you would like us to plan.

 Some of our ideas include:

- A day trip to Lake George

- A trip to Great Escape Amusement Park

- A group tour of the Halfmoon (the replica of Henry Hudson’s ship that  first “discovered” this part of New York)

- A group outing to an Alive @ 5 concert in Albany

- A group outing to a free performance at the Playhouse in the Park (musical theatre in Washington Park)


If any of these ideas sound goo to you, or if you have any suggestions for us, or if you will be in Albany and want us to plan something, please contact Austin Powers at oiega@uamail.albany.edu or the rest of the ISSS staff at ISSS@uamail.albany.edu. We would love to hear what you want to do this summer!
 

-The ISSS Staff

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