UAlbany International Summer Experience – ISX
Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. 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.
The International Summer Experience Program (ISX @ UAlbany) is a non-credit learning experience that brings topics to life by incorporating excursions, community service, seminars, and intercultural workshops into one dynamic program that you will not forget. You will be able to select from several learning tracks, such as Hot Topics in Technology, American Politics and Civil Rights, Cross-Cultural Business Communication, the Arts and Social Justice, and the American Cultural Experience. Each ISX track is conducted by engaging and distinguished faculty at UAlbany. Two-week and One-Month options are available. You will meet students from all over the world as you connect, explore, and learn.
Summer 2020 ISX Learning Track Descriptions:
Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights
Get ready for an exciting and intellectual journey with unexpected twists and turns as you and your ISX peers discuss the debates over ideas about freedom, authority responsibility representation, civil and political rights, and consent, which resulted in the creation of the United States constitution and government. You will examine the duties, powers, and limitations of the three branches of government and we will see how those divisions are mirrored in New York State’s governmental structure. You will explore the history of the civil rights movement in America and how these rights have been established, protected, and reinterpreted by government over time. While on our travels you will visit the New York State Capital, where our laws are created; the New York State Education Building, Albany’s City Hall, and a host of other historic sites that highlight the history of politics and civil rights in America.
Track B: The American Cultural Experience
What does it mean to be American? The United States is arguably a microcosm of the world. We have forest encircled lake regions and arid, desert plains, There are beachfront communities and areas where snow-capped mountains can be seen year-round. Cosmopolitan metropolises, like New York City, Miami, and San Francisco, juxtapose vast rural farmlands. Every region and state has a unique flavor and culture that is inextricably connected to an idea and the history of America. On this track, you will explore the American story.
Using literature, film, music, live performances, and field trips, you and your ISX peers will explore stories from a diverse group of individuals from all over the United States of America. You will be challenged to think about how these varied stories connect and intersect to form a national narrative and national identity that we call “American.”
Track C: Hot Topics in Technology
Technological advances have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives. They have also brought about a new set of ethical and security challenges. On this track, you and your ISX peers will engage in discussions, activities, and field trips, which will allow you to explore emerging technologies, robotics, virtual reality, cybersecurity, and cross cultural privacy issues.
Track D: Cross Cultural Business Communication
On this track, you and your ISX peers will learn how cultural norms and values affect verbal and nonverbal communication patterns, expectations, management styles and negotiation approaches, especially in business settings. You will explore business communication traditions of several countries, examining how those traditions can differ by industry and region. Together, we will talk about how globalization and other social, political, and economic changes affect cross-cultural communication. We will examine various barriers and ethical challenges to cross-cultural communication.
Track E: The Arts and Social Justice
Over the course of history, the arts have been a vehicle to ignite political, economic, and social transformation. In particular, the arts have been used to pursue social justice. Through their works, artists have offered critical commentary on local, national, and global society. Examining the works of 20th and 21st century artists and the activities of artist collectives, we will explore the relationship between art and the pursuit of justice. While focusing on artistic movements in the USA and their impact, you and your peers will be encouraged to examine and share examples of artistic activism throughout the world. You will explore how the juxtaposition of individual and collective identity are represented in social justice art. Finally, you will have the opportunity to work on artistic pieces of your own for a ISX special exhibition that will be held in the community.
*The learning tracks are subject to change.
Your Learning Track Facilitators
All learning tracks are facilitated by UAlbany faculty who work very closely with industry partners and local community organizations.
During ISX, you will live in Liberty Terrace, overlooking our Indian Pond. Each apartment is fully furnished, with four single bedrooms, two, bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room. There are laundry rooms and three lounges on every floor, and an exercise facility is available.
While some meals are included in the program fee, you will be responsible for most of your meals.
Transportation and admission to and from all program related venues and Albany public transportation are included in the program fee.
The ISX program fee covers all learning tracks and intercultural workshop materials, transportation and admission to ISX related events, local bus fare, some meals, mandatory health insurance, and apartment housing.
You may select up to two learning tracks, one from each Academic Expedition.
For example, Track B from Academic Expedition 1 and Track D from Academic Expedition 2.
Academic Expedition 1
- Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights
- Track B: The American Cultural Experience
- Track C: Hot Topics in Technology
Academic Expedition 2
- Track D: Cross-Cultural Business Communication
- Track E: The Arts and Social Justice
- Track F: (PENDING) Global Leadership Experience
Please select only one track, per Academic Expedition.
Options (These are estimated costs.)
- Two-Week Option (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $2,850
- Four Week Option (Includes One Learning Track): $3,250
- Four-Week Option (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $5,000
Click on the duration tab for application and payment deadlines.
Rising second, third, and fourth year undergraduate students, in Good Academic Standing and Good Disciplinary Standing are eligible to participate. Students from all disciplines and majors are welcome to apply. Students must be at least 18 years old.
English Language Requirement
All of the components of ISX will be delivered in English. You must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:
|English Composition course work at an accredited college or university in an Anglophone country (Not including English as a Second Language coursework)||C+ or 2.30 on a 4.00 grading scale|
|12 Credits of coursework taught in English, at an accredited college or university (Not including English as a Second Language coursework).||C+ or 2.30 on a 4.00 grading scale|
|TOEFL (Institutional Code: 2532, IBT)||79|
|TOEFL (Institutional Code: 2532, PBT)||523|
|PTE (Pearson’s Test of English)||50|
|CET – 4||550 including the speaking test|
|CET – 6||550 including the speaking test|
|SAT 1 ERWS||400 with a 22 Reading sub score|
|ACT (English and Reading Sections)||19|
|O – Level in English||C|
|IB Higher Level English A Literature||4|
|IB Higher Level English A Language and Literature||4|
If your English skills are not strong enough to attend the ISX @ UAlbany program, consider enrolling in our Intensive English Language (IELP) Program.
If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home institution for more information regarding the visa application process.
Please contact the International Education Office at your home institution for funding possibilities.
Two-Week Option A: June 28, 2020 to July 11, 2020 – $2,850
Two-Week Option B: July 12, 2020 to July 24, 2020 – $2,850
Four Week Option A (One Learning Track Only): July 12, 2020 to August 8, 2020 – $3,250
Four-Week Option B (Includes Two Learning Tracks) July 12, 2020 to August 8, 2020 – $5,000
The program fee includes all housing accommodations, transportation associated with the program, including local bus access; all program materials, venue fees, mandatory health insurance, and some meals,
|Application is Available|
|Application Deadline: $400 Non-refundable deposit is due.|
|Late Application Deadline: Non-refundable late application fee of $300 and the $400 non-refundable deposit are due.|
|May 25||Two-Week Option A: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.|
|June 1||Total payment and all application forms are due.|
|June 15||Two-Week Option A: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.|
|Two-Week Option B and Four-Week Options A & B: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.|
|June 28||Arrival of Two-Week A ISXers|
|June 29||Welcome, orientation, and introduction to your learning tracks, the ISX faculty, and staff.|
|Two-Week Option B and Four-Week Options A & B: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.|
|July 10||Two-Week A ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception|
|Arrival of Two-Week B and Four-Week A & B ISXers|
|Welcome, orientation, and introduction to your learning tracks, the ISX faculty, and staff.|
|July 24||Two-Week B ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception|
|Four-Week A & B ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception|
|*Schedules are tentative and subject to change|