Student Life

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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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 learn more about Gender and Identity in the U.S. and at Columbia?

College is a time for students to explore and learn more about themselves and others, including their identities such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class. Multicultural Affairs is a great resource to engage in dialogues, workshops, weekend retreats, one-on-one conversations with a peer or staff member, and programs about identity.

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How can I contact alumni to work with my student group on campus?

If your student group is interested in connecting with international alumni, please contact Kirin Liquori Terni, Director of International Student Programs and Services with your request. You may be asked to provide further detail.

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I am interning abroad in XYZ city; are there events going on or any opportunities where I can meet other students and alumni?

To find events abroad, first check the alumni events calendar. Events listed with green stars are school based and may be restricted. Alternatively, you may send an email to the Office of Alumni and Development with the region and dates in question and someone will let you know.

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Are students invited to all alumni events?

This depends. Check the alumni events calendar for events and contact the event lead with any questions. Events in the U.S. may not be open to current students and will specify.

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How do I get involved with the alumni club in my home city?

If you would like to get involved with alumni in your city, please visit the Alumni Clubs website to search domestically or internationally for a club. Each club has listed a contact to email. The Center for Career Education offers advice on other ways to connect with alumni.

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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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