Congratulations on your admission to Columbia! The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at the Morningside campus and the International Affairs Office (IAO) at the Columbia University Medical Center campus join with the faculty and staff in welcoming you. Studying in another country is both an exciting and a challenging experience. We know that you have many questions about coming to Columbia and New York and we want your stay with us to be productive and enjoyable from the start. The resources below will help you navigate the transition and for during your time with us.

EducationUSA is a very helpful resource for your transition from admitted to enrolled student at Columbia. See the many resource options on the right side of the For International Students page and be sure to look at the pre-departure orientation programs section. These programs give you an opportunity to get answers to general questions you may have and to meet other students from your area who will begin their studies in the U.S. this fall.

Columbia's New Students web site has important information about requirements for all new students before arriving on campus and registering for classes.

Coming to Columbia: Essential Information for New International Students (PDF)

Coming to Columbia: Essential Information for New International Scholars (PDF)

ISSO Contact Information
International House North, Ground Floor
524 Riverside Drive (between W. 122nd Street and Tiemann Place)
Main Telephone: 212-854-3587

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CLOSED on Wednesday.
SUMMER HOURS June 1 to September 7: Monday-Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CLOSED on Wednesday and Friday Monday, September 7, 2015 is Labor Day, a national holiday, and most University offices are closed.

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