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What is the best way to connect with others who share my religious beliefs?

A great place to start is the Office of the University Chaplain (OUC). The OUC ministers to the individual faiths of Columbia University's diverse community of scholars, students and staff from many different faith traditions while promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding. Toward this goal, the Office of the University Chaplain creates and sponsors programs concerning justice, faith, and spirituality.

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How can I meet other international students, students from my country or with my background?

While we always encourage every student to learn from various communities and cultures while at Columbia and in New York, we understand the need to connect with others who share a similar background during your transition to campus life. Columbia offers over thirty cultural organizations that create spaces for all students who are interested in and/or share a particular culture, and who are excited to share that culture and experiences with the greater campus community.

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Can I join any student group?

Yes. While student groups are open to all students, some groups may require an audition, application or other requirements to join. Many simply allow you to start attending meetings at any time to participate and encourage you to do so. Two large-scale events that showcase student groups at Columbia include an Activities Fair during New Student Orientation Program and the Activities Day fair held every September.
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Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO)

Leadership skills begin at home, and the collegiate experience of the Columbia residence halls helps to develop these skills further.

I want to be involved in student groups. Are there groups that are good for international students?

Columbia has nearly 500 student organizations and international students are encouraged to join any group(s) of interest. Group categories include academic, activist, advocacy, club sports, competition, cultural, dance, governing boards, humanitarian, community service, Fraternity and Sorority Life, LGBTQA, media, music performance, performance, pre-professional, publications, religious, spiritual, social education, special interest, student councils and theater. For a list of those student organizations, please login into Columbia LionLink.

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OMA Workshop and Training Request Form

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers diversity education workshops and training sessions for offices, academic departments and students across the Columbia University community. Please submit your request using this form at least one month prior to the desired date of the event. We will review and respond to your request within seven business days.

 

Our workshops and trainings can be tailored to meet your needs and interest, and we have typically offered four types of workshop and training sessions:

 

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If you are open to discussing various lengths of time depending on the needs of your participants, write, "OPEN." PLEASE NOTE: Because of the substance and care we hope to provide to the community through these programs, we typically do not create workshops that are under one hour.
For example, first-year students living on the same floor; leadership team of a student organization focusing on service at various global sites; new staff members from different offices who will be interfacing with a diverse group of students.
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Columbia-Supported Travel Definition

A "Columbia-Supported Travel" is any trip outside of New York City that meets at least one of the criteria below:

Make Smart, Safe, and Responsible Choices -- In and Out of the Classroom

Residential Programs and Judicial Affairs and Community Standards are responsible for holding students accountable for behavior that is inconsistent with community values or policies.  Depending on

Tips on Successful Community Living

Whether you are placed in a Carman double, share bathrooms or lounge space in John Jay, Furnald, or Wallach, or live in a suite in Hartley, you will learn the importance of community agreements and

A Message from Residential Programs

Residential Programs is staffed with 141 undergraduate students, 16 graduate, and 9 professional staff who live in the residence halls and work to support you throughout your Columbia experience. 

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