International Students and Scholars Office

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, welcomes more than 10,000 students, interns, scholars and accompanying family members from over 150 countries.

The ISSO Advisory Staff

ISSO staff assist international students and scholars with their questions about regulatory and immigration document issues and University policies and practices as they pertain to immigration status.

Visiting Scholar and Scientist Program

Acting on behalf of the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, the ISSO administers the designation of visiting scholars and scientists and provides services supporting and promoting international educational exchange.

Immigration and Document Service

The ISSO staff administers immigration services for Columbia University's international students and faculty, researchers, and visiting scholars in obtaining and maintaining their appropriate immigration status. The ISSO monitors regulations affecting relevant immigration classifications and broadcasts timely alerts and updates to students through the ISSOnews listserv and targeted messages. Detailed information on immigration procedures and benefits is available at the ISSO and maintained on the ISSO Web at

International Student and Scholar Orientation

The ISSO provides an immigration information session to new students as part of their school or department's new student orientation program. Orientation sessions are provided throughout the academic year for J-1 visiting scholars and faculty.

Informational Programs and Workshops

The ISSO offers an annual series of informational workshops on employment in student status and on employment-based immigration status options after student status, presented by nationally recognized attorneys.

Fall and Spring Term Hours: The ISSO is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You do not need to make an appointment.
Closed to the public on Wednesday.

Telephone Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Hours (Commencement Day to first day of fall term classes): The ISSO is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed to the public on Wednesday and Friday. You do not need to make an appointment.

Telephone Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 212-854-3587

Directions to the ISSO from Main Campus (116th and Broadway):

Head north on Broadway and turn left onto 122nd Street. Continue for 2 blocks and then turn right onto Riverside Drive at Sakura Park. We are on the first floor of International House North, the second building after Sakura Park. There is a blue ISSO banner in front of the building. Google map and directions from the Main Campus to the ISSO

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