International Students

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall! Here is some helpful information as you plan your transition to Rensselaer.

It is vital that you check your email (the address listed on your application) regularly, as important information will be shared this way.

Check back often as specific information (including arrival and check-in dates) will be available in the spring.


Information for Incoming International Students

I-20 Process

We will begin processing I-20s in the spring; once we begin, it will take some time to get to everyone - your patience is appreciated.

Once your I-20 is processed, we will upload the document to your application portal. You will receive an email prompting you to log into your application portal to download and print your I-20. The email also contains a link to information from our ISSS Office. If you have not done so already, please upload a copy of your passport to your application portal. We need a copy of your passport before we can issue your I-20.

If you do not hear from our office by mid-June concerning your I-20, please feel free to reach out to us at

International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS)

Information for the fall semester, including the Pre-Arrival Information and Travel Checklist, will be posted on their website in the spring.

Incoming International Student Guide

Academic Calendar

Student Life

Explore life at Rensselaer, including international and multicultural student clubs and organizations and what is going on around Troy!