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.

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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 (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.

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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.


October 12, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services

On October 8, 2017, the United States government suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. The Turkish government responded in kind and suspended all visa services for American citizens at its consulates and embassy in the United States. Read more...

October 05, 2017

Message from David B. Austell on Presidential Proclamation

The International Students and Scholars Office Director David Austell sent this message to nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen to provide information on the Presidential Proclamation of September 24th. (Click on title to open)