The State University of New York at Albany

The State University of New York at Albany Overview

Located in New York’s capital city, the University at Albany offers its more than 17,300 students the expansive opportunities of a major research university and an environment designed to foster success.

Students choose from 120 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 125 graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked, among them criminal justice, information and technology management (Informatics), public administration, social welfare, public health and sociology.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the State University of New York at Albany.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 27th August 2018 - 18th December 2018 23rd January 2019 - 16th May 2019

Please note: Semester 2 dates are subject to change.

Students are required to participate in two mandatory orientations. The Pre-Arrival orientation is conducted online, before arrival, and the On-Site orione is held upon arrival to campus. Both orientations are conducted by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Click here for ISSS information specifically for exchange and visiting students.


An estimate of costs can be found in the table below, costs vary depending on lifestyle and the housing and meal plan selected. Please note that the table below refers to academic year 2016/2017. Costs for 2018/2019 academic year are not available yet.

  Annual Cost US$
Health Insurance 1302
Double room in traditional residence 8042
Unlimited Meal Plan 4950
Books and Supplies 1200
Clothing, personal and recreation 1800
Total 17,924

Health insurance is provided through GeoBlue and mandatory for exchange and visiting students. It will be added to your term bill once you register for classes. During your on-site orientation, you will attend a session on your GeoBlue coverage and how to access the U.S. healthcare system.

UAlbany Health Center

All students must complete and submit the Mandatory Health Form to the Health Center!

Student Health Services strives to promote student health and wellness by providing medical treatment, prevention and education in an environment that respects the uniqueness of each individual.

400 Patroon Creek Blvd, Suite 200, Albany, NY 12206 PHONE (518) 442-5454 APPOINTMENTS (518) 442-5229

Immunization Requirements and Proof of Immunization Instructions

MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)

All UAlbany students must provide proof of having received two measles, one mumps and one rubella vaccine OR submit proof of blood tests indicating immunity to these diseases. Records must be in English and include two identifiers (preferably name and date of birth) plus vaccine records (including actual dates)

Blood tests for immunity performed outside of the U.S. are acceptable. A legible copy of the lab report must be provided. The lab report must be in English and contact two identifiers.

TB (Tuberculosis) Requirements

All UAlbany students are assessed for the risk of TB (Tuberculosis) through the Required Health Form. The most common risk for TB is exposure in a TB endemic country, a country known to have a high rate of TB. This includes most Eastern Mediterranean, African, Asian, Central and South American countries.

If you have spent over 4 weeks in any TB endemic country within the past 5 years you must have a TB blood test (QuantiFERON or T-Spot only).

The only exceptions are:

  • If who have received a full course of treatment for Tuberculosis with TB medications and you will need to provide medical documentation confirming the start and end dates of treatment and medications prescribed.
  • If you had a blood test that reveals a previous positive response (In addition, a chest x-ray must be performed within 6 months prior to your arrival on campus or as soon as possible after a positive test result and a report copy provided, in English with your name and date of birth).

You should submit the QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot results. The lab test report must be provided in English with your name and date of birth.

We recommend the TB test be done and results submitted before arriving at UAlbany. TB blood test results must include the lab test report. The report must be in English and include two patient identifiers (preferably name and date of birth).


On Campus Housing

All undergraduate exchange and visiting students are guaranteed on-campus dorm housing. Students will be sent an email in the month of June (for Fall or academic year students) from their Program Coordinator with the link from our Residential Life Department that is used for on-campus housing sign up. Please sign up immediately as space is limited. For general information about on-campus living, please visit the Residential Life web page.

*Please note, when students sign up for housing in a traditional dorm room (non-apartment style), they are automatically enrolled in the Opportunity Meal Plan. Students can change their meal plan during the first 10 days of the semester. If students decide to sign up for one of our apartment style on campus dorms, they are not required to be enrolled in a meal plan.

*Please note that the apartment style dorm housing is more expensive than the regular dorms, but students have a full kitchen.

Off Campus Housing
The University cannot assist students in finding off-campus housing. For information regarding off campus living, please review the Off-Campus Housing web page

Meal Plans and Campus Dining

Please refer to MyUnlimited for ystudents meal plan information. This plan includes both unlimited meal swipes in the dining halls and discounted dollars to use at the retail stores.

There are two ways to use the plan:
UNLIMITED SWIPE MEALS: at the all you can eat dining halls, which are located in the residence halls.
Available in four dining halls. The dining halls are located in the Indian, State, Colonial, and Alumni quads. Nowhere else can students swipe and eat all they want. View the campus map to locate the dining halls.
DISCOUNT DOLLARS: where students have a declining balance of to use at several food vendors around campus, including in the campus center. There are many retail vendors on campus, mostly located in the Campus Center. 
In sum, if students want to swipe as many times as they want and eat as much as they want, they should stick to the dining halls. Once the Discounted Dollars run out, the funds are gone unless students choose to reload their card.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.