International Students and Scholars Office

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) offers many services for international students as well as American citizens and permanent residents who have studied in a foreign country. Services for international students include pre-admission counseling, immigration-related and document services, International Orientation, social and cultural activities, and a program for the spouses of students. The ISSO also provides credential analysis services to the admission offices of the University. The ISSO is open year-round, and international students are urged to make use of its services during their stay at the University.

The International Students and Scholars Office is an essential source of information regarding immigration and Department of State regulations that affect international students studying in the United States. The staff can also assist with many other non-academic matters, including adjustment to the University and New York City.

Students are required to check in with the ISSO within a week of their arrival at Columbia. Orientation for new international students arriving for the fall term usually takes place in either the last week in August or the first week in September.


524 Riverside Drive
International House North, First Floor
(212) 854-3587