Student Affairs

In This Newsletter

  • International Student Programs and Services (ISPS)
  • International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
  • Step 1: Apply For or Transfer the I-20 Now
  • Step 2: Obtain F-1 or J-1 Student Status
  • Step 3: Maintain Your Lawful F-1 Status
  • Important Dates

Dear Students,

Greetings from New York City! I am Kirin Liquori Terni, the Director of International Student Programs and Services (ISPS), and I am writing to you because in one way or another, you are included in the broad definition that Columbia uses to identify “international students.” Maybe you have a citizenship other than the United States, perhaps you grew up outside the U.S., you may have moved around from place to place as you …

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News & Announcements

International Student Programs and Services (ISPS)

International Student Programs and Services (ISPS) aims to infuse international perspectives into the support services offered to students, enable individuals to represent their international background, and stimulate conversation about international issues.

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International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

The ISSO is available to help you with immigration issues and works with close to eight thousand students and scholars from more than one hundred fifty five countries.

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Step 1: Apply For or Transfer the I-20 Now

Students are encouraged to start the visa application processes as soon as possible. Students already in F-1 status at another U.S. institution will need to transfer their I-20.

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Step 2: Obtain F-1 or J-1 Student Status

Once students have a I-20 or DS-2019, all students (except Canadian citizens) must apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa and enter the U.S. using that visa and the I-20 or DS-2019. Students who have a valid, unexpired F-1 visa in their passport do not need to apply for a new visa.

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Step 3: Maintain Your Lawful F-1 Status

Under United States immigration law, it is your personal responsibility to maintain lawful F-1 student status. Begin by reading the "Instructions to Students" on page two of your I-20.

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Important Dates

Jul
26
Deadline for Disability Service Requests
Aug
2
Deadline to Certify Meningitis Vaccination Decision
Aug
2
Deadline to Submit Proof of MMR Immunity
Aug
5
Deadline to Upload Photo for University ID Card
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Available on SSOL
Aug
23
Orientation Schedule Becomes Available
Aug
27
Move-in (Check-in 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Sep
3
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
13
First Fall Tuition Bill Due