Columbia University Resources

These policies and procedures are required of the undergraduate students of Columbia College, Columbia University, and the School of General Studies, as well as any undergraduate or graduate students taking part in programming run, funded or facilitated by Undergraduate Student Life, Global Programs and Fellowship and/or the Center for Career Education.

Undergraduate International Travel Policy

ISSO can assist international students and scholars with various services including visas and travel and tax information. 

International Students & Scholars Office

A travel signature is relevant only to F-1 students or J-1 students (and their dependents) who are planning to travel abroad and return to the U.S. in F or J status. You must have an unexpired travel signature on the date you re-enter the U.S.

Travel Signatures and Passport Renewal (F and J Students)

Given that traveling with certain devices can be difficult, it is recommended that travelers only take necessary devices and each traveler, or group leader, reviews the Data Security Guidelines for International Travel.

For more information, please see Data and Technology

"Export control regulations control the conditions under which certain technology, commodities and software can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil."

Columbia Research - Export Controls

"To help researchers plan for risks and requirements that may be associated with international projects, the University has established Risk Management Procedures. The Procedures provide a mechanism for the project team and University to identify and manage risks. The Procedures also will assist the University in the development of a database of information relating to international projects, so that information can be more easily collected and shared."

International Research


"Columbia Global Centers facilitate the collaborative engagement of University faculty, students, and alumni with the world, to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge."

Columbia Global Centers 

Sexual Violence Response "provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach."

SVR support is available 24/7, 365 days a year via the SVR Helpline 212-854-HELP (4357) 


"Global Support operates in conjunction with the International Administrative Working Group (IAWG) and is managed through the collaboration and oversight of multiple Central Administration offices, including Vice President of Treasury and Controller, Vice President of Financial Operations and Compliance, Vice President of Procurement Services, Human Resources and the Office of the General Counsel."

For more information, please visit Global Support


External Resources

International SOS offers a training hub for those preparing to go abroad on Columbia-related Travel. Courses range in topics, such as Food and Water Safety, Hotel Safety, Petty Crime, and more. 

To visit the ISOS Training Hub, please click here

Upon course completion, users have the option of printing a completion certificate. 

For more information regarding the ISOS Training Hub, please read the ISOS Training Hub Learner Guide