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2017 ISOP Head OL and OL Application

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) head orientation leaders (head OLs) and orientation leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering who assist Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in welcoming first-year international undergraduate students to Columbia University. Leaders play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience and preparing new international students to achieve a successful beginning to their Columbia University career.

Traveling Recognition Award

The Traveling Recognition Award is an award sponsored by the Columbia NRHH that recognizes the contributions of a specific residential community (hall

2016 Thanksgiving Lunch for CC and SEAS Undergraduate Students on Campus

Update 11/23/2016: The registration is closed. We have reached the max capicity for the event. Happy Thanksgiving, all! 

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Held annually during the first week of October, Voting Week offers our community a unique opportunity to engage with fascinating and dynamic speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. 

International @ Columbia Event: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour on October 4, 2015

Are you interested in learning the history of the Lower East Side with other international students? Want to try out different food from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown? If so, join International @ Columbia for this two-hour walking tour. During the course of our walking we will sample about 10 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Offerings will include vegetarian options. 

What are some of the themes of our monthly meeting? What will we do in those meetings?

General themes may include intercultural communication styless, intercultrual conflict styles, religious identity, race, gender, language, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation among others. In the meetings we will discuss common themes and issues and conduct activities around self-awareness and intercultural understanding. Themes will try to coincide with heritage and history months.

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Is this a mentorship program? I am a senior and am looking for an opportunity to mentor younger students and make new friends. How is this program different from the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI)?

We hope to include both upperclass students and first-years in each ambassador group, because our fundamental goal is to connect people from different backgrounds, and this includes age and class year! However, we at GAP hope that this is a learning and sharing expereince for all members of the group  - the premise of your ambassador group is an equal rather than mentor-mentee relationship.

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Is this a language exchange program? I am learning a foreign language now and would like to meet someone to practice the language.

This is not exclusively a language exchange program. However you can state that you would like to be partnered with someone who speaks the language on your application and you are free to practice a foreign language with your paired ambassador! GAP offers not only language exchange opportunities but also cultural exchange opportunities. 

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What is the commitment like if I were to be selected?

Ambassadors are expected to participate in the full-day GAP kick-off event on October 13 and complete the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (takes 10-15 minutes). After that, we meet every other week (twice a month). These meetings will typically last for about 90 minutes, and dinner will be served in selective meetings. GAP offers at least one GAP-theme related excursion in New York City per semester. Excursions are free to all GAP participants.

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