During this global health crisis, Columbia University and the ISSO are committed to supporting our international students and scholars. Go to the ISSO COVID-19 Hub for ISSO operations, FAQs, updates and resources.


July 13, 2020

Columbia Joins Lawsuit Opposing ICE Restrictions on International Students

On July 12, 2020, Columbia University, along with 58 other institutions of higher education, filed an amicus brief (“friend of the court”) in support of the Harvard and MIT lawsuit in opposition of ICE announcement requiring international students to have an in-person component in the fall or leave the United States. Read more about it on University Life’s website where you will find a link to the 22-page brief.


July 11, 2020

July 11th Update from the ISSO Director

Dear International Students, 

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to share warm regards during this difficult summer and to share opportunities to connect with ISSO in the coming days. As I wrote on July 6, the U.S. government provided notice of distressing rules for the Fall 2020 semester regarding COVID-19 and students in F-1 visa status. Read more.