International Students

The University's International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) provides a wealth of information and resources to help international students adjust to life at Columbia and in New York City.  According to current students, this site has it all, including helpful information for both F-1 and J-1 Visa holders, and guidelines for filing taxes.

Incoming students should familiarize themselves with the information available on the ISSO website, particularly the page of essential information for new international students and scholars.  The ISSO publication, Coming to Columbia: Essential Information for New International Students (PDF) covers all the basics of being an international student.

Prospective students may also wish to review our page of Frequently Asked Questions.


New Ph.D. students are offered a place in Columbia Apartment Housing. It is highly recommended that International students accept Columbia Apartment Housing when they first arrive. It can be very difficult to find and acquire an apartment when you first arrive in the US because you will not have an address, phone number, bank account, social security number etc.

Getting to Columbia (in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan)

The Coming to Columbia publication (PDF) has a good general description.  Subway and bus maps as well as information on transportation options to and from area airports are available via the links below.