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International Students

Select One: I am a graduating undergraduate student | graduate student with relatives who will be visiting the United States for related events.

CC and SEAS Undergraduate Students

For guests who live outside of the United States and need proof of a student’s graduation in order to receive permission to visit, an official letter (on Columbia University letterhead) confirming student status and graduation date may be provided. CC and SEAS undergraduate students should contact their CSA adviser via email with the information below.

All messages should have the subject line “Request for invitation letters” and should include the following information:

  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s school (Columbia College or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science)
  3. Degree program (i.e. BA, BS)
  4. Each relative's name (exactly as it appears on passport)
  5. Relation to the graduating student (i.e. mother, father, aunt, etc.)
  6. Country of citizenship/origin
  7. Dates of visit (for the purpose of attending graduation ceremonies)

Please allow a minimum of one (1) week for your letters to be completed. Two (2) original copies per guest will be provided, unless requested otherwise. Signed letters will not be mailed and must be picked up in person in the designated office.

SEAS Graduate Students

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs will no longer be providing invitation letters for graduating international students, who are able to compose a letter on their own with an attached academic certification document, which can be obtained from the registrar in 205 Kent Hall.

For information regarding leaving the United States after graduation, seeking employment in the United States, or continuing as a student in another program at Columbia University or  another university in the United States, please read through the ISSO website thoroughly (or skip to the section on F-1 Immigration Status if this applies to you), and if you still have questions, contact an ISSO adviser by phone, email, or in person. Please bring all relevant documents with you when you visit the office.

Information on this page is provided by:

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
524 Riverside Drive in International House North between 122nd St. and Tiemann Pl.

Call: 212-854-3587

Commencement Countdown

until graduation!

2017 Ceremony Dates & Times

Engineering Class Day (SEAS)
Monday, May 15, 2017
5:00–7:30 p.m.

Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

University Commencement
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions


What does a day in the JADE program entail?

In the morning, students receive instruction based on a web development curriculum for beginners. During the day, students will be visiting offices and meeting founders and other employees who will speak to them about the startup world. In the evening, after dinner and discussion, students will be taken on excursions in different parts of the city.

What is the program fee?

The program fee is $100.00 per student and covers food, transportation, and night activities during the week. Our application process is completely need-blind.  We are able to offer financial aid support to students with a demonstated need.

Who can apply to participate in JADE?

All current first-year undergraduate students in BC, CC, and SEAS are eligible to apply for the program.  All majors are encouraged to apply, as we want to focus on students who have had minimal exposure to the startup and tech ecosystem of New York!