UAlbany International Summer Experience – ISX

 Incoming Program
  • Albany, NY, United States
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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.

Application Deadline

Forthcoming

Program Start

Forthcoming

Program End

Forthcoming

City

Albany, New York, United States

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

English

Program Details

Program

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. You will meet students from all over the world as you connect, explore, and learn.

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 also explore how the juxtaposition of individual and collective identity are represented in social justice art.

Your Learning Track Facilitators 

All learning tracks are facilitated by UAlbany or UAlbany affiliated faculty. 

Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights

Dr. Anne Hildreth from our, highly ranked, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy will facilitate the American Politics and Civil Rights learning track. Rockefeller College is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top programs in the United States. In other words, you will learn from the best scholars in the country and from prominent alumni. 

Track B: The American Cultural Experience

This track will be facilitated by a lecturer from our Department of English who are skilled in helping students to explore American culture through literature, film, theatre, and other forms of storytelling. More information about this track’s facilitator is forthcoming. 

Track C: Hot Topics in Technology

This track will be facilitated by Caroline Buinicky from our Department of Informatics, in our School of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and, and Cybersecurity. 

Track D: Cross Cultural Business Communication

This track will be facilitated by Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed, from our Department of Communication. Dr. Ahmed is an expert in health, organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication. The faculty give close attention to what makes messages and strategies meaningful and effective. Dr. Ahmed is an award-winning author and an expert in the field.

Track E: The Arts and Social Justice

The Arts and Social Justice learning track facilitator, Dr. Madison LaVallee, teaches senior-level studio art courses for our Department of Art and Art History. In addition to teaching art, this award-winning artist, directs several arts-based community development projects and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

Housing

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.

Meals

While some meals are included in the program fee, you will be responsible for most of your meals. 

Transportation

Transportation and admission to and from all program related venues and Albany public transportation are included in the program fee.

 

Costs

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. 

Summer 2019

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

Please select only one track, per Academic Expedition.

Options

  • 2 Week Option (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $3,500
  • 4 Week Option A (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $5,500
  • 4 Week Option B (Includes One Learning Track): $3,500

Click on the duration tab for application and payment deadlines.

Eligibility

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 UAlbany’s English proficiency requirements:

Measurement

Minimum Score

or Grade

TOEFL (Institutional Code: 2532, IBT) 79
TOEFL (Institutional Code: 2532, PBT) 523
IELTS 6.0
PTE (Pearson’s Test of English) 50
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
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
If your English skills are not strong enough to attend the ISX @ UAlbany program, consider enrolling in our Intensive English Language (IELP) Program

Travel

Entry Documents

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.

 

Scholarship information and advisement for international students is available through the U.S. government’s EducationUSA website.

Program Advisor

Moody, Rachel

rsmoody@albany.edu

Program Dates

December 15

Application is Available

April 15

Application Deadline: $400 Non-refundable deposit is due.

May 15

Late Application Deadline: Non-refundable late application fee of $300 and the $400 non-refundable deposit is due.

June 1

Total payment and any application forms are due.

June 15

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.

July 1

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.

July 14

Arrival of Two-Week and One Month ISXers

July 15

Welcome, orientation, and introduction to your learning tracks, the ISX faculty, and staff.

July 26

Two-Week ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception

August 9

Four Week ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception
*Schedules are tentative and subject to change

About UAlbany

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 University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare.

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University’s Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education.

Uptown Campus

The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men’s and women’s soccer.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Health Sciences Campus

The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region’s booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.

Airport Information

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office arranges pick up for semester and year-long exchange and study abroad students from the Albany International Airport on one designated day. More information regarding this service is available after acceptance to your program.

Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey. If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany.

If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany. Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

Train information

The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.

General Travel Advice

Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

At UAlbany, you won’t just live – you’ll thrive. Get involved in our 250+ clubs and organizations, root on our 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams, and explore off campus in our great college town or further afield in the great outdoors. Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find it here.

NOTE: As of January 1, 2019 the University at Albany will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus, proudly joining more than 1,800 tobacco and smoke-free colleges and universities across the United States. Smoking and other tobacco use will be prohibited on campus. Additional information on UAlbany’s tobacco-free policy and cessation resources (programs to assist in quitting smoking) are available on the UAlbany tobacco and smoke-free campus website.

Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation provides diverse, stimulating, and engaging recreational opportunities that enrich the UAlbany experience. We empower our community to lead healthy lifestyles by fostering an environment that supports physical, mental, and social growth. See the facilities schedules, browse group exercise and wellness programs, join intramural sports teams and open recreation events, or explore the outdoors

Athletics
Cheer on our Division I sports teams! UAlbany’s intercollegiate athletics program excels at the NCAA Division I level, producing competitive teams, successful coaches, and outstanding student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. The University sponsors 18 varsity sports for men and women. Visit the DANEger Zone for student tickets.

Student Association

UAlbany’s Student Association is the recognized undergraduate student government on campus which was officially established in 1923, and has been operating in its current form since 1977. Student Association exists in order to provide and foster opportunities beyond those offered in the formal curriculum. The Student Association provides concerts, speakers, comedy shows, multicultural and gender programming, funds more than 200+ student groups, organizations, Student Legal Services, and Dippikill, an 847 acre wilderness retreat complete with cabins, campsites and a pond located in the heart of the Adirondacks. In addition, the Student Association represents the interests of the student body to the faculty, administration, and government.

Clubs and Organizations
UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

Find organizations, attend events, and track your involvement on the MyInvolvement website.

For a complete list of events, Visit the UAlbany GO website.

Each semester, the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS) holds multiple events to assist our international students in becoming comfortable here at UAlbany. Some past events have included day trips to Boston and New York City, local apple picking, ski outings and holiday celebrations. There are multiple clubs, sports teams and athletic events!

View the programs and events listings on the International Student and Scholar Services web page.

In addition, UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

The University at Albany enjoys a strategic location in the City of Albany. The capital of the State of New York offers something for everyone, the center of a region remarkable for its natural and cultural resources. The Capital Region includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and has a population of approximately 838,000. Within a short distance are the Berkshires, the Catskills and the Adirondacks, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Major ski areas such as Killington, Gore, Hunter, Bromley, Stratton and Mt. Snow are within easy commuting distance. Saratoga Springs, 25 miles to the north, is internationally known as a sports, concert, and cultural center, and features outstanding thoroughbred and harness racing at Saratoga Race Track.

Four major malls and shopping centers, including Crossgates, Stuyvesant Plaza and Colonie Center, fall within one mile of campus. Albany nightlife is active with concerts, movies, theater, dancing, and nearly every kind of restaurant or eatery imaginable.