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Visiting and Exchange Student Orientation

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NSOP 2023: Important Dates

January 11: Visiting and Exchange Student Check-In
January 11-January 15: New Student Orientation Program for visiting, and exchange students

Welcome to Spring NSOP!

What is NSOP?
  • NSOP programming for visiting and exchange students will include introduction to academic and wellness resources, as well as the Columbia and New York City communities.  
Where can I find the NSOP schedule?
  • The NSOP schedule is now live! Orientation Leaders will also reach out with an introductory email at the end of December. 
Where can I find updates regarding NSOP?
  • Pay close attention to your emails. All updates will be sent directly to you. Orientation Leaders will reach out for an introductory email at the end of December. Look out for their message! For any further questions, reach out to or you review this page.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for NSOP?
  • Once prompted, complete the Pre-Arrival Tutorials and Orientation waiver prior to the first day of orientation. Instructions will be sent via email later this month.

Pre-Arrival Steps 

Due As Soon As Possible

Upload Proof of Immunization

There are several immunization requirements that all students must complete. Non-compliance will result in a registration hold and restricted campus access, so complete this as soon as possible. 

Due Monday, January 9

1.  Upload your ID photo. 

ID photos must be uploaded before you arrive on campus. You will receive your ID during NSOP check-in; it is your primary method for accessing all campus buildings and facilities.

2. Sign the Orientation Activity Waiver.

​Complete the orientation activity waiver in order to participate in the New Student Orientation Program.

3. Complete the Pre-Orientation Tutorials.

​Complete the Welcome to Columbia and Sexual Assault Prevention tutorials before arriving on campus to remain in good academic standing. 

4. Complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial.

​Complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which introduces Columbia’s Academic Integrity Policies, to remain in good academic standing. Email with questions.

5. Watch Fire and Public Safety Trainings.

​Watch three videos about fire safety and public safety at Columbia, and certify that you have completed the training.

6. Sign the Community Compact.

​In accordance with University Guidance on COVID-19 for Spring 2023, all students must sign the community health compact in order to access campus buildings during and after NSOP. Note: you must use the ReopenCU app or web application to sign the compact. 

Information for International Visiting Students

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) assists students with their visa needs for studying in the United States. Contact ISSO with questions and concerns regarding your Visa status. If you haven’t already, make sure you visit the ISSO webpage for New International Students and Scholars and also refer to important information and resources that ISSO provides for new students.

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident and have not yet started the visa process, you must apply for a visa as soon as possible to ensure that you will be able to arrive at Columbia on time.   

F-1/J-1 status students will need to report their arrival to us by submitting the online SEVIS Report form within a week of their arrival. This is very important! This action will activate your SEVIS record.  

Below you’ll find a few helpful resources recommended by ISSO for international students:

International Students should contact the ISSO with all questions regarding Visa status at



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