About Us

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, hosts nearly 13,000 international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars from over 150 countries plus family members who accompany them.

Whom We Serve

We serve both the international population across Columbia’s sixteen undergraduate, graduate and professional schools at the Morningside Heights and the Medical Center (CUMC) campuses and the university staff that admits, appoints, employs, and works with them.

To learn about our three office locations, visit our contact us page.

What We Do

We are the international community’s resource for immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including— but not limited to—visas, employment, travel, and tax-filing obligations. We monitor the regulations of government agencies that have jurisdiction over the stay of international students and scholars, and are responsible for institutional compliance.

View our list of services.

Who We Are

We know that relocating to study or work in another country can be as stressful as it is exciting. We are dedicated to making the process as smooth as possible so that our students and scholars can keep their focus on the academic and professional aspirations that bring them here.

Visit our staff page to see who are.

News

June 26, 2017

Supreme Court Update on Executive Order Travel Ban

On the last day of its term, the Supreme Court said it would hear the Administration's case challenging the decisions of federal appeals courts on the President's Executive Order when it reconvenes in October. In the interim, it ruled to reinstate limited parts of the travel ban, specifically to individuals who do not have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".  

May 23, 2017

ISSO Summer Hours in Effect from May 30 - September 5

Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day, a national holiday, and all university offices are closed. 

Beginning on Tuesday, May 30th, the ISSO serving Morningside students will implement summer hours, closing on Wednesday and Friday. Refer to our summer hours information below and plan accordingly.

Not a Morningside campus student? See hours and contact information for other ISSO locations below:

April 28, 2017

Beware of Phishing and Phone Scams!

We all need to be alert to fraudulent emails and phone calls throughout the year, but because this is tax season, some phone scams involving payment of taxes are on the rise. 

Please refer to the following information to help identify scams and phishing and how to report them to the proper authorities.