Global Leadership Advancing Student Success (GLASS)

About

The GLASS, or Global Leadership Advancing Student Success, program's goal is to support the academic and professional success of all Columbia’s international students, by offering supplemental programming to help them make the most of their time at Columbia.

These programs will help students:

  • Maintain legal status
  • Navigate key campus resources
  • Enhance their professional skills
  • Develop foundations for leadership
  • Build a sense of belonging and ease their transition to Columbia University 

The first part of GLASS, designed to help you prepare for your arrival, is our summer program -- Welcome to Columbia!

Summer Programming

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GLASS invites all incoming international students to join us for our summer webinar series, offered in July and August. This series of live, 90-minute webinars is designed to connect you to the university and share important information to support your professional and academic success, and ease your transition to Columbia and the U.S. Each session will feature a topic specifically selected to help you, and an opportunity for you to ask all the questions we know you have been wanting to ask.

July 2022: Professional Preparation and Immigration Essentials

We are excited to welcome you to Columbia! Join us to meet members of the ISSO advising team. This session includes an overview of the F-1/J-1 visa process, and information about enrollment and employment eligibility. Bring your questions!

  • Getting Ready for Columbia!
    Saturday, July 9th, 7:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Columbia is full of useful resources, tools, and information to help you make your experience in New York City productive, meaningful, and fun. Overviews of health insurance, housing, well-being, and campus safety will be shared, and you'll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

We are offering this session twice. Please join us at one of the following dates and times:

  • Columbia Campus Resources
    • Thursday, July 14th, 9:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.
       
  • Columbia Campus Resources (Repeat Webinar)
    • Saturday, July 23rd, 7:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Get a head start to prepare for your career journey!  In this session, you will learn to write a resume in U.S. format, build an effective LinkedIn profile and communicate your personal brand to employers.  Tools and tips will be presented so you can create your professional portfolio today!

This session will be offered twice. Please choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Launch Your Career
  • Launch Your Career (Repeat Webinar)

August 2022: Academic Essentials

Having been an HR Management Consultant, Gabby Lilienthal shares what she learned about making an impact in the first 30 days of any new job, opportunity, experience, team, etc. Join us to talk about tips for building trust and creating a consistent brand so that you can be set up for success moving forward!

This session will be offered twice. Please choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Planning Your First 30 Days
    • Tuesday, August 2nd, 7:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.
       
  • Planning Your First 30 Days (Repeat Webinar)
    • Thursday, August 4th, 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Adjusting to cultural norms and expectations in the American university classroom can be a challenge for international students. In this session Nancy Boblett, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, will share tips and techniques to communicate effectively with your professors and advisors, participate in class discussions, and work in groups.

This session will be offered twice. Please choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Columbia Classroom Culture and Strategies
    • Saturday, August 13th, 8:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.
       
  • Columbia Classroom Culture and Strategies (Repeat Webinar)
    • Tuesday, August 16th, 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Chuck Garcia used his years of experience on Wall Street to become an Executive Coach with executives, leaders, and students around the world. He teaches this session using his 10 Commandments of Communication that he crafted to have impactful, persuasive, and intentional conversations. This includes everything from body language, speaking best practices, and the power of the words that you use. He has taught everyone from Columbia Engineers to Ted Talkers using the same guiding principles and has proven to be successful for decades.

This session will be offered twice. Please choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Communicating with Impact
    • Monday, August 15th, 7:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.
       
  • Communicating with Impact (Repeat Webinar)
    • Wednesday, August 17th, 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Academic integrity is taken seriously at Columbia University. In this session Nancy Boblett, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, will share how to incorporate the ideas of others into your work accurately and properly. Join us as we discuss guidelines for ethical writing; distinguish between summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing; and how to cite resources properly to avoid plagiarism.

This session will be offered twice. Please choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Academic Writing and Integrity
    • Saturday, August 20th, 10:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.
       
  • Academic Writing and Integrity (Repeat Webinar)
    • Monday, August 22nd, 10:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). Register here.

Check back for more upcoming webinars!

Questions

FAQs

GLASS' summer programming is open to all incoming international students, including undergraduates, graduate students, and any non-degree/exchange students.

GLASS is designed to address the specific needs and perspectives of the international student population. You are encouraged to attend both programs. 

GLASS is free and open to all Columbia international students.

Please register with your uni using the links above for any session you are interested in and able to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Have a question we didn’t answer? Please see answers to common immigration-related questions for admitted students here, or reach out to us at [email protected]