Incoming Student Programs

The ISSO Incoming International Student Programs aims to support the pre-arrival and arrival of all of Columbia’s newly admitted international students. This program covers important areas related to:
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Immigration and Compliance


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Campus Resources
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Cultural Adjustment and Belonging
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Connecting to the International Student Community

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*Please note, each school also hosts an orientation for newly admitted students and international students are invited and encouraged to attend both the ISSO orientation and their school’s orientation.

Program Highlights

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International Student Academic Success Series

Practical tips to communicate with your professors and advisers, participate in class discussions, and work in groups. Understand Academic Integrity within the culture of U.S. higher education.

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Campus Resource Series

Information on navigating housing options for Columbia students, understanding student health insurance requirements, discussions with Public Safety and more!

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Adjustment and Well-Being

Advice on connecting with communities and networks at Columbia and in NYC, introduction to the U.S. banking system, building your knowledge and skills of overall financial wellness, and preparing to become an international student in the U.S. 

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    School / Academic Department Orientation

    In addition to the Incoming International Student Programs, ISSO will conduct an information session about your F‐1 / J‐1 status in the United States as part of your program orientation. You will receive this information directly from your school and/or programs.

    If you have missed the orientation, watch the ISSO portion here.


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