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International @ Columbia is committed to providing a caring and supportive atmosphere focusing on international students through a variety of academic and student life resources. International at Columbia aims to infuse international perspectives into the support services offered to students, enable individuals to represent their international background with their own story, advocate for the importance of a diverse international population in academic and social life, and stimulate conversation about international issues.

Here for Thanksgiving Break? Here are a few great opportunities:

Facebook Group: Lions on Campus for Thanksgiving!

Student staying on campus for Thanksgiving Break are invited to join the Lions on Campus for Thanksgiving Facebook group! Hosted by the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB), this private page provides a space for Columbia students to connect with one another during the holiday. If you'd like to join, just send a request!

ISAB Thanksgiving Guide

What is Thanksgiving? Where can I go to eat? What can I do over the weekend? Find out through the annual Thanksgiving Guide brought to you by International Student Advisory Board (ISAB).

Thanksgiving Day Lunch

Reminder: All Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students are invited to the Thanksgiving Day Lunch on Thursday, November 22, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in John Jay Dining Hall. Registration is no longer required. Just bring your CUID for access!


2018 International Education Week (Nov. 12 - 18)

Monday, Nov. 12: Peer Adviser Event: First-Year Forum: Study Abroad Panel

Monday, November 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Kent 624

Did you know that there are hundreds of study abroad opportunities available to you as a Columbia student, on six continents and covering topics ranging from the migratory patterns of elephants to business Chinese? Did you know that there are opportunities available to you as soon as the summer after your first year? Come hear from a panel of study abroad veterans about specific opportunities for first years, funding, and how to plan to fit study abroad into any major! Get your questions answered by fellow students in a setting just for first years! Snacks will be included in the event! More information can be found here.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Consulate General of Canada in New York Info Session for International Undergraduate Students

Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., CCE Conference Room

Looking for a permanent immigration solution? Have you considered Canada? Representatives from the migration section of the Consulate General will be at CCE to present the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program, advantages of studying in Canada, and opportunities to work in Canada.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: ISSO Travel Signature Event

Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.​, 505 Lerner

A travel signature is relevant only to F-1 students or J-1 students and scholars (and their dependents) who are planning to travel abroad and return to the U.S. in F or J status. You must have a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 that is less than 12 months old on the date you will re-enter the United States. Come with your passport, most recent I-20 / DS-2019, and most recent I-94 arrival record ( Printed copy or digital image on your phone). Learn more about Travel Signatures at

Wednesday, Nov. 14: IEW Keynote Address by Ari Satok, "Lessons from a Global Storytelling Journey"

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.​, 505 Lerner

In this session, author Ari Satok will tell the story of his experiences traveling to international schools on four different continents, in countries including Swaziland, Hong Kong, Germany the United States and a variety of others, on a mission to capture the stories of young people from all around the world. He’ll read from his book, The Architects of Hope, that captures the narratives of 16 different students that he interviewed as part of his journey, and talk about the lessons he learned from these inspirational young people from countries as varied as Syria and Nepal, Brazil and Guatemala. He’ll share photos from his travels, audio clips from his interviews, and insights on his experiences and his process. He’ll spark a conversation about the power of storytelling as a tool to combat prejudice, and discuss what the stories he gathered taught him about being a good global and local citizen and then will end by opening the session up to Q and A.

This session is for anyone at all interested in international education, international storytelling and writing, as well as anyone simply interested in inspirational narratives about hope and activism. Anyone who comes will leave inspired by the stories of young people from around the world and encouraged as to their own potential to enact change within their communities!

Thursday, Nov. 15: Navigating Life at Columbia as an International Student

Thursday, November 15, 12 - 1:30 p.m., 403 Lerner

As an international student new to Columbia University and the U.S., it can takes time and effort to feel at home and get the most out of life at Columbia. From adjusting to student life to procrastination and time management difficulties, this workshop is designed to address areas that affect your studies and your life on campus.  Facilitated by Dr. Yaniv Phillips, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Thursday, Nov. 15: International Alumni Panel: Navigating the Job Search as an International Undergraduate Students

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Lerner 505

Join a panel of international alumni from Columbia undergraduate schools to learn about their job searches and careers in a range of industries.

Friday: Nov. 16: [QUENCH] How/Who Am I Here?: Connecting at the Intersections of Queer/Trans and International Identities

Friday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge (Schapiro Residence Hall)

LGBTQ@Columbia's Quench program is a lunch and discussion series exploring intersectional LGBTQ and ally topics. This week's topic focuses on the intersections of LGBTQ and international identities. Lunch provided. Facilitated by Dr. Kori Bennett and Dr. Motoni Hodges.

Sunday, Nov. 18: Outing to School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

Sunday, November 18, 2018, Lunch at 1 p.m.

Watch the award-winning off-Broadway play, School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, for FREE. It explores the struggles and joys of teenage girls in a Ghanaian boarding school. It delves into social dynamics which influence the ways in which these girls interact with their world and "reinvents the American "Mean Girl" genre to explore the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage women across the globe. An audience discussion will follow the performance.

The trip will take place on Sunday, November 18. The group will meet on Columbia's Morningside campus at 1 p.m. for lunch, and then depart promptly at 2 p.m. If you do not depart with the group, you will not receive your free ticket and free round trip Metrocard.This event is open to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduate students. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, you must fill out this form and come to 510 Lerner to fill out an agreement form and travel waiver. Have questions about this event? Email International @ Columbia.

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