International Students

International Students and Scholars Office

ISSO Updates and Resources

Review this page for ISSO operations, FAQs, updates, and resources.

Visas and Travel

Resources for students, researchers, and faculty

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The Office of International Students and Scholars stands ready to support our international students, faculty, and scholars.

News and Events From Columbia Global Centers

News and Policy Updates

CDC Requires Negative COVID-19 Test for All Air Passengers Entering the U.S.

Jan. 14, 2021—Effective Jan. 26, 2021, Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.

Bollinger Calls on Biden to End the Trump Administration's Assault on the International Exchange of Ideas

Dec. 2, 2020—In an open letter to the president-elect, Columbia’s president says that “costly and consequential” federal policies have damaged American universities’ ability to attract top academic talent from around the globe.

House Democrats and Republicans Weigh in on Homeland Security Visa Restrictions

Oct. 27, 2020—Congress members express concern about the Department's new proposed fixed term period of admission and extension of stay rules for international students and scholars.

Columbia Writes to Strongly Oppose Homeland Security's Proposed Rule

Oct. 26, 2020—Replacing the current Duration of Status policy for international students and scholars with a fixed two-to-four-year term and an uncertain extension of stay process hinders the University's ability to recruit and retain the most talented students. 

New York Universities Write to State Department and Homeland Security

Oct. 14, 2020—Presidents and chancellors of several major research institutions in New York State express alarm over difficulties students, faculty, and scholars are facing in trying to secure U.S.-entry visas.

U.S. Rep. Nadler Calls for Extending Comments on Student Visa Rule

Oct. 6, 2020—Letter requests that DHS and ICE extend the 30-day comment period for the Student Visa Rule v.6 and provide at least 60 days for public participation in the process.

Legislators Express Concern Over DHS Student Visa Proposal

Oct. 6, 2020—Letter states that the September 25, 2020, rule unfairly limits length of student visas and places arbitrary restrictions on students based on their country of origin.

U.S. Homeland Security Proposes Changing 'Duration of Status' to Fixed Periods

Sept. 30, 2020—DHS has published a proposed rule that would eliminate D/S for F students and their dependents, and J students and scholars and their dependents. 

Columbia Stories

12 headshots of young scientists, 10 women and two men. Nine of 12 are of Asian descent
Changing Minds About Masks

Wearing is Caring, a campaign breaks down the science behind how face coverings can combat coronavirus, has reached more than 1 million people via social media.

Four people in a Zoom-like grid.
GS Launches Series for Alumni and Students to Connect Virtually

This new series will facilitate conversations among students, alumni, and the wider Columbia community during the pandemic.

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Communing With Nature on the Australian Coast

A SIPA professor reflects on everything from watching the migration of humpback whales to online teaching for students whose locations span 15 time zones.

A man with white hair and wearing a jacket and tie sits in a chair with his head resting on his hand.
A Nobel Laureate on Individualism and Prosperity

Economist Edmund Phelps talks about the importance of individualism for a country’s vitality.

Travel Info

New York State Travel Advisory

All affiliates arriving from abroad or from states with high prevalence of COVID-19 will quarantine for 14 days as required by New York. See the current list of restricted states.

Travel Restrictions

All international Columbia-related travel is suspended for all affiliates until further notice.

Columbia Global Travel

Global Travel is dedicated to supporting the health, safety, and security of University travelers engaged in Columbia Travel abroad.