Visiting and Exchange Student Orientation

Orientation leaders pose near the sundial at move-in

NSOP 2024: Important Dates

August 27: Check In for Visiting and Exchange students
August 27—September 1: New Student Orientation Program for transfer, combined plan, visiting, and exchange students

Building Community 

NSOP programming for Visiting and exchange students will include introduction to academic and wellness resources, as well the Columbia and New York City communities. 

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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2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6972

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