SUNY Empire State College
You can find ESC office on the 4th floor, next to Registrar.
You can find ESC office on the 4th floor, next to Registrar.
1. Admission to Empire State College
1.1 Application requirements
1.2 ESC Application essay and Application form
1.3 Transfer of credits from third-party academic institutions
2. Student rights and responsibilities
3. Smarthinking Step-by-Step Manual
4. Rationale Essay
5. Senior Project Proposal and Senior Project Thesis
7. Empire State College mentors
9. FAQ - Frequently asked questions
At the time of application to Empire
State College, students should have:
To apply to Empire State College (ESC), students will:
1. Provide one of the following documents as proof of high school completion:
2. Demonstrate the ability to pursue college-level work in English through the following:
3. Provide official transcripts from all institutions the student intends to transfer credit from. Official transcripts should be sent directly by the institution to ESC’s Center for International Programs at:
Center for International Programs,
SUNY Empire State College, 1 Union Ave.,
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
4. Pay a nonrefundable $50.00
orientation fee (waived
for U.S. veterans and active military).
Students applying to Empire State College are required to fill in their details in an Application Form.
Students are also required to write an Application Essay, in which they should express their motivation for joining Empire State College. Guidelines for the Essay, as well as the Application Form, can be found at the end of this section.
Students planning to transfer credits from a third-party academic institution are required to send the official corresponding documents both to UNYP's Admissions office, as well as to our main Empire State College campus in New York State, at the address:
Center for International Programs,
SUNY Empire State College, 1 Union Ave.,
Saratoga Springs, NY
1) Students who have previously attended a U.S accredited institution: official transcripts are to be sent directly by the institution to the ESC address above;
2) Students who are transferring credits from an I.B program: official I.B grades are to be sent directly by the institution to the ESC address above;
2) Students who have previously attended a non-U.S/ non-Czech accredited university: an external evaluation will be required. Empire State College accepts evaluations from one of the following services:
- Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. (AES); (http://aes-edu.org)
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); (https://www.ece.org)
- Educational Perspectives, (EP) (https://www.edperspective.org/)
- World Education Services, (WES) (https://www.wes.org/)
Students should apply to one of the four above evaluating institutions and instruct that the results of the evaluation be sent directly to the Empire State College address above.
You, the student, have the right and responsibility to:
The institution has the right and responsibility to:
This includes requests for certain types of personal aides and services, such as assistance with eating, toileting or dressing.
This also includes providing financial assistance to students for the purchase of any personal equipment or technology such as software programs, laptops, computers or personal assistive technology.
TutorMe offers asynchronous writing review and live, online tutoring in a wide range of subjects using an interactive learning space.
To access TutorMe go to www.esc.edu/tutoring and select TutorMe. Log in with an active ESC log-in (there is a hyperlink in the text) and then select the course for which you are seeking help. If you are seeking help with a Spring term course, select Prior Term. You will be brought to a personalized TutorMe dashboard for ESC students and see your name in the upper right corner. You can either search for the subject or use the drop-down on the upper left. At this time, students must use a desktop, laptop or tablet to access. The mobile app will be ready in the fall.
Here is the TutorMe website where you can see a demo learning space: https://tutorme.com/
During the first semester of the last year of studies, students are required to submit the ESC Rationale Essay. Please make sure to check your email regularly, as the deadline for the Essay submission will be communicated by the ESC office.
The rationale is not an autobiography, nor is it a listing of degree components or courses. It is a narrative of your educational journey in a substantive way. Look at the Rationale Essay as a way to reflect and arm yourself with understanding your degree choice, doing a bit of research on your goals and professional expectations and allowing yourself to look into exactly how you will accomplish your incredible journey ahead.
The Rationale Essay is a mandatory component for graduation. Alongside your Degree Plan, it will be reviewed by the Empire State College Assessment Committee, which will decide whether the student has fulfilled the graduation requirements, and whether his/ her motivation for pursuing a particular concentration is in line with the program undertaken.
SUNY Empire State College is a mentor and student centered college and believes a student should be involved in understanding their educational pursuit. It is more than simply taking courses to get to the end. As a result, Empire State College wants its students to understand how they met the guidelines for their particular Area of Study, what was the knowledge gained in terms of the guidelines, mentioning courses that allowed them to broaden their knowledge on particular topics and how this occured.
Discussing your professional expectations offers you the opportunity to look into what education or entry level requirements that lead to your goals are needed. Dependent on your plans, you might discuss requirements for more education that will allow you to be better suited and prepared for the future. It may be that you are not completely sure. That is fine, but you should be able to discuss some of the important aspects of what you need to succeed, and what a particular career choice requires. Is it internships, is it a Master‘s degree etc?
More info about the Rationale Essay : https://www.esc.edu/policies/?search=cid%3D36989 and in the Guidelines file below.
Writing the Senior Project Thesis is a condition for graduation from the American Bachelor´s program and for being granted an Empire State College diploma  . The Senior Project Thesis is a vehicle allowing the student to reflect and integrate their learning over their four years of study, and create an original work in an area of their interest related to the major. In writing the final thesis, the student will employ theoretical constructs drawn from course work, application of theory and various academic skills, such as writing and presentation, critical analysis and independent research.
In your work on the Proposal and Thesis, you will be guided by your Empire State College mentor (see section 5). The mentor is an Empire State College academic, specialized in your field of study and able to guide and answer any questions you have along the way. He/ she will set a time plan for you with clear assignments and a due date for each assignment. It is your responsibility to adhere to the time plan and fulfill all requirements of the course.
All communication, assignments and work for the Senior Project Proposal will be done via ESC Moodle, the ESC online course environment (please see Section 4 below).
 Students interested in obtaining the UNYP diploma as well, will sit the State Examinations and defend their Senior Project Thesis as part of the examination. For more information on State Examinations, please consult the eLearning section found at For Students - > State Examinations.
Attention: Please note your UNYP login details for eLearning are NOT the same as your MyESC login details.ESC students receive, upon admission to Empire State College, a MyESC login. Your logon allows you access to all the resources at SUNY Empire State College through the MyESC page (https://www.esc.edu/myesc/), including the ESC Online Library, Academic Support services, ESC Academic Records and the Moodlerooms (online course platform).
Requests from students with a GPA between 2.00 and 3.00 requesting an online course are subject to the approval of the ESC Academic Director.
In order to access Moodlerooms, (moodle.esc.edu) log-on this page. You will later be prompted to the menu showing all the online courses you are enrolled for the current semester as well as other information available to you.
By clicking on each course, you can later view its modules, readings, requirements, deadlines and you can contact your instructor via the message board, to address any questions you might have.
The Senior Project Proposal and Thesis are courses held entirely in Moodlerooms.
Blended courses offered during the semester are also, except with a few in-class sessions, held in Moodlerooms.
Students have access to online courses 1 week before the official start of the course, in order to familiarize themselves with the content. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to check Moodlerooms before the start of the semester, in order to familiarize yourself with the contents of the course.
If you encounter issues with your MyESC login, please, contact ESC IT Service Desk (https://www.esc.edu/service-desk) as soon as possible.
After becoming an officially enrolled ESC student, you will be assigned an ESC Faculty mentor, according to your concentration. The ESC Mentor will guide you in the completion of your academic program and development of you Senior Project.
Dr. Max Hilaire is an Empire State College mentor and undergraduate thesis supervisor for International Relations. Hilaire is well-renowned and a summa cum laude graduate of Morgan State University. He holds a M.A, M.Phil, and Ph.D degrees in International Relations, with concentrations in International Law and International Organizations from Columbia University in New York. He is the first person of color to complete a Ph.D. in International Law at Columbia. His expertise includes Public International Law, International Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law, United Nations Law, and U.S. Foreign Relations Law. Hilaire is the author of four books: The United Nations Security Council and Transnational Armed Conflicts; International Law & United States Military Intervention in the Western Hemisphere, United Nations Law and the Security Council, and The United States and International Law. Professor Hilaire is the current Chair of the Department of Political Science at Morgan State University. Professor Hilaire serves on the Washington Center Faculty in DC, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin; and teaches for Empire State College in Prague. Professor Hilaire is a member of the American Society of International Law; the American Political Science Association; and the Czech Society of International Law.
Dr. Todd Nesbitt is an Empire State College mentor in Communications and an undergraduate thesis supervisor. He holds a Ph.D., PhDr., and a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism of the faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, and a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a letter of equivalency in Linguistics from the University of Windsor, Canada. He has taught courses at the faculties of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Charles University, as well as in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication New York University (Steinhardt). He was awarded the outstanding faculty award for teaching excellence at UNYP in 2004. He has supervised over 130 La Salle University and Charles University Master’s theses since 2004, and over 100 bachelor’s theses for Empire State College since 2005.
His research interests include cognitive and behavioural media effects, strategic political communication, and media ownership and globalization. His community involvement has consisted of holding public talks and seminars, contributing to the local press, and teaching courses at public schools on media-related issues, as well as serving on the editorial board of the street paper Nový Prostor, which helps the homeless reintegrate into society.
Tanweer Ali is an Empire State College instructor and mentor. He is also undergraduate the thesis advisor in Business for SUNY Empire State College. He holds a MA in Mathematics from University of Oxford. Ali, has been teaching for Empire State College,SUNY for fourteen years as an instructor. He has
taught in the ESC programs in Prague, Lebanon, Athens, Tirana and the Dominican Republic.
Prior to his academic career, he had a ten-year career in finance, working both in Prague and in the United Kingdom. He teaches in the Business Administration and International and Economic Relations concentrations, and has taught courses in finance, economics and mathematics. He also has a special interests in teaching about social enterprise and sustainability. Mr. Ali’s research interests also include corporate governance and monetary theory.
Dr. Ronnie Mather is an Empire State College Associate Professor, mentor and undergraduate thesis advisor in Psychology. Dr. Mather has a very broad interest in general
psychology and the link between psychology, psychoanalysis and the expressive
arts, particularly painting. One of his favorite courses to teach is History and Systems of psychology, which traces the impact of other disciplines on the way
that psychology would develop in the twentieth century. His initial interest in
psychology was inspired by Freud, Jung and Lacan. However, Dr. Mather has now turned to some of the critiques of psychology notably by Foucault,
his criticisms of the so-called “psy-complex” and the “discursive turn” in
Dr. Mather believes that at the moment, psychology is moving in many directions, and is looking at the way that patterns of behavior, individual and collective, are influenced by physiology, neurology, and the interactions between them. Psychology is a dynamic discipline, which is ever changing, and is now at the forefront of modern professional practice in a whole range of areas.
Simon Weissenberger holds a doctorate in psychology and is a researcher. He was born in Italy and grew up living in locations around the world.
He is a researcher at the First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in the field of medical psychology and psychopathology. He teaches various psychology course at SUNY ESC and is now a thesis supervisor for Bachelor students. When he is not reading psychological literature he enjoys studying philosophy, history and religion and also enjoys travelling. Weissenberger is particularly interested in the effects culture has on psychology. He balances his psychological work between academia and private counseling.
George Prokopakis is an instructor and student advisor in Computer Science and Information Technology programs and an undergraduate senior project supervisor since 2001in our Athens program. He graduated from the Greek Military Academy, Athens and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. After some years as an Artillery officer he was transferred to the Information Technology Department where he worked as a software developer and system analyst for the Command and Control (C4I) System and the Healthcare Information System of the Greek Army. He has also taught Computer Science courses and supervised senior projects at the Greek Army Programmers School, University of Sunderland, University of Greenwich, and University of Bolton as well as other SUNY ESC locations including Prague and Tirana.
His interests include programming languages, algorithms and data structures, web technologies, databases, and the Internet of things. In his spare time he is running a software developers club open to his current and past students of Empire State College who want to improve their practical skills or to learn a new technology.
Ms. Francesca Cichello, Executive Director of International Education
Dr. Sheila Marie Aird, SUNY Empire State College, Director of European Academic Programs
Anna Oravcová, SUNY Empire State College, Program Coordinator, Prague
Aleksandra Walczak-Zacierka, SUNY Empire State College, Student Services Assistant, Prague
1. ESC password – what to do when you lost / forgot or simply can’t access your ESC account?
Immediately contact ESC IT Service Desk: https://www.esc.edu/service-desk
Give them your ESC ID number and your date of birth. If you do not know your ESC ID number – email Anna.Oravcova@esc.edu or Aleksandra.Walczak-Zacierka@esc.edu.
2. How to check your ESC ID number?
Log into your MyESC. Click on: Self Service Banner -> Student -> Student profile. Your ESC ID number will be in brackets next to your name, in the left, top corner.
3. How to check your ESC transcript?
Log into your myesc.edu. Click on: Self Service Banner -> Student -> Student profile -> Academic transcript. Hit "Submit" button.
4. State Examinations – what, when and how do I register?
Upon completion of the requirements for the ESC degree you may also choose to take the Czech State Exam, which if passed will allow you to acquire a Czech degree from UNYP.
Please, visit UNYP’s Elearning to learn more about the examinations and registration (For Students -> State Examinations -> Undergraduate).
If you have any questions - visit Rector’s Office or appropriate School / Dean.
5. What degree will I receive upon graduation? Will my diploma state Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)?
• Business Administration - B.S.
• Communication and Media - B.A.
• English Language and Literature - B.A.
• International Relations - B.A.
• IT - B.S.
• Psychology – the default title is Bachelor of Arts, but you can choose to have a Bachelor of Science instead. Visit our office to learn more.
6. ESC online courses – what do I need to know?
Taking courses online offers convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives. Of course there are deadlines, but students can work at differing times, days and locations that are convenient to their schedule. Online is rigorous. As a result, students must de dedicated and practice time management in order to succeed.
How do I contact the instructor?
Use the message tool within the course to stay in touch with the instructor. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the deadlines for participation and submission of papers.
Instructors are specialists in the course content and available to help you in your studies, evaluate assignments and monitor your progress throughout the course.
Are online courses easy?
Many think that online learning is easy. However, the reality is that online-learning courses are not easy and require dedication and discipline.
How can I succeed?
1. Stay abreast of your due dates, participation and all deadline. Check announcements frequently.
2. Thoughtful and timely participation in online discussions. Post and checkin frequently to respond to others.
3. Write clearly and watch grammatical errors. Do not copy from the internet.
4. Contact instructor immediately if you need clarity or are facing any problems.
Successful online learners set aside substantial blocks of time to study and to participate in the online community. Be careful with deadlines, which are usually based on NY time.
IMPORTANT - in case of a final grade change - inform our office in Prague, so we can make an adjustment in the UNYP system.
How do I register?
Register for courses at the ESC Prague office during preregistration, or any day before the courses start.
Below FAQ, we have attached the guide on how to browse the catalog for online courses.
Online courses usually start before the regular UNYP semester starts and end before the Prague finals. Deadline for payment is earlier as well.
Online courses are usually for 4 credits.
The add/drop period for online courses is the first week of the course.
Graduation is organized by UNYP. It happens once a year, in June.
If you have one or two courses needed, at the end of the semester you are scheduled to graduate, please stop by the ESC office to discuss your options.
To learn more about the ceremony and registration, go to Elearning -> For Students -> Graduation Ceremony.
In case you have any questions – that relate to the graduation ceremony, first visit Registrar office at UNYP. For questions about your ESC credits and other ESC information, stop by the ESC office.
8. What is an Intensive ESC Semester?
ESC in Prague sometimes offers Intensive 2 week sessions when available. The course operates for two weeks and meets every day for 4 hours, except weekends. It is worth 3 credits. Check the Schedule on Elearning (List of Classes) to view what is offered.
To learn more/ register – visit ESC office on the 4th floor.
9. What is the deadline for Thesis and why do I need to defend it with UNYP?
The deadline is enclosed within the Moodle environment. After you submit your thesis to TutorMe and edit your work, you upload it to Moodle. When you receive final approval (with any further comments) from your Mentor – you work on final edits and resubmit to Moodle.
Always check the due dates for all deadlines contained in the course.
If you are registered for the state exams – you will have to deliver a printed version to the Rector’s Office. Check the deadline on Elearning (For Students -> State Examinations -> Undergraduate).
If you wish to receive the local degree, you must defend your thesis, written for ESC, and take the state exam. If you wish to receive only the SUNY/Empire State College degree, you do not have to sit the state exam and defend your thesis.
10. When will I get my ESC diploma?
After all your grades are in the system, we send your official UNYP transcript to Saratoga Springs.
We expect to receive your diploma within two/three months, which is a standard time required for the administrative process of issuing your diploma.
Once it reaches our Prague office, we inform you via email.
In case you no longer live in Prague, we can mail you the diploma via Czech Post. Another option is to authorize someone to pick it up for you. Please contact our office for instructions.
In the meantime, we can issue a confirmation of completion of studies for you, if necessary.