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International Buddy Program First-Year Application

The International Buddy Program (IBP) connects current undergraduates ("lions") with incoming international students ("cubs") as they begin their college journey at Columbia. "Lions" will share their experiences and provide advice during the summer and the initial month of your first semester.

All Class of 2023 international students (broad definition) in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are eligible to apply. IBP coordinators will do our best to match your with a buddy who fits your needs and interests. 

Important Dates

  • The priority deadline to apply is Sunday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m.
  • All "cubs" who meet the priority application deadline will be informed their matched "lions" on Monday, June 3
  • We will continue to accept cub applications on a rolling basis past priority deadline
  • The final deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Cubs will meet their matched lions in person during International @ Columbia Open House on Friday. September 27

For questions, please email

Personal Information
Enter your preferred name if it differs from your first name.
Pronouns indicate how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include: they/them/theirs, he/him/his, she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs.
Your UNI (University Network ID) is the login name used to access many online services at Barnard/Columbia. It is also the first part of your official Barnard/Columbia email address.
Please put the email you will use in the summer. This will be the email your matched "lion" will receive to initiate initial contact.
Your Interest
NationalityMajor/concentrationSchool (Columbia College/Columbia Engineering)Interests/hobbies
#1 Priority
#2 Priority
#3 Priority
Study abroad (studying outside of the U.S.) experiences.Studying in the U.S. as an international student.Being the first person in the family to attend college and related campus resources.LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) topics and campus resources.Being a low-income student and related campus resources.Topics about race and ethnicity topics in the U.S. context.Disability accommodations topics and related campus resources.An area that is not listed above (please share details below).

International at Columbia


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