University at Albany, SUNY

The State University of New York at Albany, also known as University at Albany or SUNY Albany is a research institution located in Albany, NY - Capital of New York State, 135 miles north of New York City. UAlbany offers 120 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 125 graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked. The excellence of a UAlbany education is acknowledged by many independent sources, such as the rankings published yearly by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to offering many cultural benefits, such as a contemporary art museum and the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany plays a major role in the economic development of the Capital District and New York State.

Acting and World Theatre Students:

The College of Arts and Sciences is the University’s largest academic unit and provides the liberal arts foundation for a UAlbany education. Students develop their aesthetic sensibility problems and unleash their creativity. Under the supervision and mentorship of faculty, all of whom are also working professionals in various areas of Theatre, students work in leadership positions on every production. Experiential learning will be part of your education at UAlbany.

To find out more about Theatre Curriculum at UAlbany please have a look at the College’s page


International Business or International Events Management:

University at Albany School of Business is one of only three universities in New York and only 260 universities in the world to hold dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting. The School is committed to delivery of cutting-edge industry topics and focused upon building your business management skills. You will be able to choose variety of subjects related to Business Administration with specific concentration on subjects in Entrepreneurship, Finance Information Technology Management, Management, and Marketing as well as the programme in Accounting where you can focus on Financial and Managerial accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Accounting information systems.
The campus is located in New York State’s fast-growing Tech Valley, the new epicenter of the global semiconductor industry and a hotbed of R&D, business, and entrepreneurial activity.


Campus facilities

The University at Albany has three campuses. Regent’s students will study at the Uptown Campus.

The campus is three hours from NYC. It is a very easy train ride which takes 2.5 hours and a megabus service right from campus to NYC, which is very reasonable.

Uptown Campus is the university’s main campus, it offers among others the following:

  • School of Business Building — a 96,000 square foot facility features a sunken garden area, floor to floor terracing, a market trading room with Bloomberg terminals, and technologically advanced classrooms and meeting places.
  • The Main Fountain—a dramatic focal point of the Academic Podium, where students and visitors gather to talk, sunbathe, take photos, or picnic.
  • The Grand Entry Plaza—three-acre campus gateway, whose park-like setting includes ornamental trees, bench seating (equipped with Wi-Fi) and a stunning walk-through fountain.
  • Artistic venues: the Performing Arts Center, featuring four different theaters; University Art Museum; the Boor Sculpture Studio. 

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a facility on the Uptown Campus containing five performance spaces. Music, dance, theater, international artists, guest lecturers, and collaborations occur in the Main Theater, Recital Hall, Arena Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. The Main Theatre is the largest theater space on the Uptown campus holding 500 people. Designed for music performance, the Recital Hall seats 242 people, 197 on the orchestra level and 45 in the nine circular boxes on the second level of the auditorium. The Arena Theatre is used primarily for theatre performances and acting classes and seats 196. The Studio Theatre seats 153 people. The Lab Theatre is a 50' square "black box" theater. The Lab can seat up to 200 audience members in any seating configuration.

What else you can find on the main campus:

  • Liberty Terrace —a 500-bedroom, 200,000-square-foot, apartment-style student housing complex.

  • The UAlbany athletics complex — featuring the 4,500-seat SEFCU-UAlbany Arena, home court for both Great Dane Division I basketball teams, rehabilitation and fitness centers, and recreational facilities that include playing courts in several sports.

  • The Campus Center — the hub of student activity at the University, which includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, banking facilities, a convenience store, bookstore, and a variety of fast-food  eateries.

  • Two of three University libraries— the University Library and the Science Library.


Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: September–December

Arrival Day and Orientation vary for Autumn arrivals in August

Spring Semester: January–May

Arrival day and Orientation vary for Spring arrivals in January



Academic life

Teaching methods at UAlbany vary from larger based lectures, to smaller study groups depending on the course.


Grades Calculated in Grade Point Average

A   (Excellent)






B   (Good)






C   (Satisfactory)




D   (Poor)


F (Academic Fail)


FX   (Administrative Fail in Course for Grade)


Class Attendance:

Individual instructors may have different attendance requirements; it is the student’s responsibility to check each course syllabus to determine policy and to speak to instructors or the international office at the host institution regarding excused absences.



Acting and World Theatre Students:

You must choose a minimum of 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from the courses approved by your Head of Programme.

International Business and International Events Management Students:

You must enrol for 15 US credits (approx. 4 – 5 courses).

The courses you choose must be approved by your Head of Programme.

  • If you intend to take any other courses which have not been approved you must email your Programme Director

  • No credit will be given to any courses taken without the approval of your Programme Director

  • All questions regarding your courses should always be directed first to your Programme Director.

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

Passing requirements

Acting and World Theatre Students:

In order to pass your SPA semester you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

International Business and International Events Management Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.

All students:

Students must sit all the exams for the courses they have registered for. Students are permitted to take resit exams on SPA at the host institution.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing SPA credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at UAlbany for students who have disabilities. Yoiu can also visit the following website:


Great sports, a thriving entertainment scene, and more than 200 clubs and organisations, UAlbany students experience the best of student life. There are more than 19 Division I athletics programs, a multi-use athletic stadium, several club and intramural sports, and multiple fitness and wellness centers for student use, there's never reason for a dull moment at the University at Albany. The Student Association at UAlbany helps to organise concerts, comedy shows and multicultural and gender program.

From the Performing Arts Center, to the Writers Institute and the Art Museum, UAlbany is home to many arts and cultural events. The PAC provides a schedule of all upcoming performances. The Writers Institute provides a calendar of upcoming events for its Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series.  Students can also take courses in music and theatre.

To find out more visit

And don't forget! You are only a train ride from NY city.


Living on campus is a great way to get involved, meet people and be close to campus resources. Most exchange students will be placed in Pierce, Sayles, and Waterbury Halls on Alumni Quad (downtown campus—approx. three miles east of the University’s main campus) or Halls on Dutch Quad (uptown campus) that remain open during school vacations. Students assigned to these halls may move in on August 22. Juniors, seniors and other students 21 and over may request placement in Empire Commons, Freedom Quad or Liberty Terrace Apartments (all on the uptown campus). Please note that all housing agreements are for a full academic year, unless your program ends after only one semester.

For each student there is an extra-long twin bed, mattress, desk and chair, dresser and closet. (Empire Commons has full size beds.) All of our residence halls have wireless internet connections; in addition, each student is assigned an Ethernet connection and a cable jack. Each suite on Dutch Quad and bedroom on Alumni Quad has a hard wired phone that is for accessing the University 911 system and for campus calls only.

For more information on amenities, please visit the Residential Life website.

Applying for Housing

Housing assignments are determined by your housing application date of receipt. Housing applications are available through MyUAlbany. Once logged in, choose Campus Life, and then click on the Housing Application link on the left hand side. If it does not work for any reason, please email (and include your UAlbany ID number) the Department of Residential Life at, and they will make sure you can access it. You will also need to pay the $125 housing deposit. This can be paid online via epay.

For more information and detailed instructions please contact Residential Life and visit the Residential Life website.

On-campus housing is available to undergraduate exchange students. Many undergraduate students at UAlbany live in the city of Albany rather than on campus. If you wish to live in the dormitories, please send the housing application as part of your application to UAlbany or shortly thereafter.  Study Abroad and Exchanges at UAlbany will submit your application to the housing office and they will notify you of your room assignment.

Information about on-campus and off-campus housing options can be found here.

Dining Services

All students residing in traditional style housing are required to be on a residential meal plan. You will be assigned to the Opportunity Plan. For changes to your meal plan or more information please visit Dining Services.

Students residing in University Apartments are not required to participate in a meal plan; however, they can purchase any of the residential meal plans or a commuter plan.

Cost of living

Per semester


Double Room in Traditional Residence   Hall


Unlimited Meal Swipes in Residential   Quad Dining Halls


Books and Supplies


Clothing, Personal, Recreation (4)




Total Living Expenses



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Visa requirements

Foreign nationals who wish to pursue academic studies in the United States may enter this country under several non-immigrant visa types. The most common is the F-1 or J-1 student visa.

Students who have the I-20 form (certificate of eligibility) will apply for the F-1 Visa

Students who have the ds-2019 form (certificate of eligibility) will apply for the J-1 Visa


University at Albany
Science Library G40
NY 12222

Contact: Jacqueline Quevedo
Department: Office of International Education, Study Abroad & Exchanges
Phone: 001 518-591-8188

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad:

  • Acting & World Theatre - BA (Hons)