What is ISOP?
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to help international first-year students comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP). Programs during ISOP range from helping new students set up a phone or bank account to understanding the Columbia academic culture and getting to know New York City. ISOP participation is determined by application.
What are the dates for ISOP 2015?
ISOP 2015 will start on Monday, August 24, 2015 and will end on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
What are the application dates and deadlines for ISOP?
ISOP application will open on May 1, 2015. A link to the application form will be provided on this page. The application will remain open until May 22, 2015. ISOP does not use the "rolling admission" approach. All applications will be carefully reviewed as long as they are submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time, May 22, 2015.
Who can participate in ISOP?
Any CC/SEAS first-year student who is not a United States citizen or who, regardless of citizenship, self-identify as an international student can take part in ISOP.
When do I find out if I have been accepted into ISOP?
For students who applied for ISOP only, they will find out by June 1, 2015 if they have been accepted into the program. For students who applied for more than one pre-orientation program, they will find out by June 11, 2015.
How much does it cost to participate in ISOP 2015?
Selected ISOP participants will pay $50 USD for the program. Financial aid is available.
If I am accepted, when will I move to campus?
ISOP participants will move in to campus on Monday, August 24, 2015.
When should I make travel plans?
ISOP understands the desire to book your airline tickets sooner rather than later. If you choose to book your tickets before hearing about your acceptance and do not get accepted, you will need to provide your own housing.
Is ISOP mandatory?
No, ISOP is not mandatory. However, we expect students who choose to participate in the program to attend all programs scheduled during pre-orientation. Students who choose not to attend mandatory programs will be responsible for their housing fees and may be removed from the program.
Are meals included in ISOP?
Yes. All meals are included during ISOP. ISOP will communicate with selected participants for their dietary needs.
What if I want to participate in COÖP or CUE? Will I miss out important information for international students if I do not participate in ISOP?
We encourage students to apply to all pre-orientation programs that interest them. Information shared during the pre-orientation program will be made available to international students who do not participate in ISOP. There is also programming during the NSOP week that all international students should attend, especially those who do not participate in the pre-orientation program. In addition, there are on-going programs and one-on-one support for international students throughout international students' time at Columiba.
Can my parents attend ISOP?
ISOP is for students only; however, there will be some concurrent sessions and events for families run by Parent and Family Programs. Student participants will be extremely busy over the course of the program, and parents are encouraged to allow students this time on their own to make connections and become comfortable in their new home.
Please keep in mind that parents and family members who travel with their students will be responsible for their own accommodations.
Can I move into my room prior to the start of ISOP?
No, students may only move in when ISOP starts. If you need hotel accommodations, please visit the local hotels list provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Is it possible to participate in some of the sessions in ISOP? I would like to spend some time with my parents in New York City.
No, full participation is REQUIRED for all ISOP participants. If you would like to enjoy New York City with your parents, please plan to arrive New York City before ISOP starts. Please keep in mind ISOP is not responsible for expenses incurred prior to the start of ISOP.
Are shuttle services offered from the NYC airports to campus? Can I get to campus by taking public transportation?
There are no shuttle services from campus, but cabs are readily available. Let your driver know you need to go to "Columbia University at 116th and Amsterdam." If you are traveling from the Newark, JFK, or LaGuardia airports, it is possible to use a variety of buses and trains to get to the University. Be mindful that this route will take some time and may involve multiple modes of transportation. Please visit http://www.hopstop.com or http://mta.info and use the "trip planner" tool to get a route to campus. Enter "Columbia University Main Campus" as your destination address.
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