About Us

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, hosts more than 14,000 international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars from over 150 countries plus family members who accompany them.

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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 (CUIMC) 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.

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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.

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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.


April 22, 2021

Combating Anti-Asian Hate

The increased bias crimes perpetrated against the Asian/AAPI community are deeply distressing. ISSO joins the University in its commitment to anti-racism and stands in solidarity with our community. We will update this page as more resources and announcements are made.

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April 01, 2021

Columbia's Goal is a Return to Normal University Life in the Fall

Acknowledging that events beyond our control may get in the way of realizing this goal, President Bollinger hopes that in-person classes, students living on campus, and academic and research activities can fully resume this fall, while recognizing the “need to have an adequate and sympathetic accommodation process in place… especially [for] our international students who may not be able to return to campus.”

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