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Office of International Affairs

OIA is responsible for coordinating, developing, and expanding the scope of TC's international initiatives. The office acts as a liaison between internal and international entities, sets guidelines for collaboration and serves as a clearing house for international information and resources. Read More ...

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Office of International Affairs

Address: President’s House, 2nd Floor

Box: 4 * Phone: (212) 678-4008 * Fax: (212) 678-4133 * Email:

Director: Portia Williams

Featured Work Around the World

Learn about how TC faculty, students, and alumni are making significant contributions across the globe.


 "The instructors of these courses don’t use direct instruction as much as they employ a kind of apprenticeship model, in which students work collaboratively and with the assistance of their instructors on intellectual problems and academic projects through which academic skills, ways of thinking, and academic English vocabulary develop and become more sophisticated."

Professor Sheridan Blau, Ph.D, Professor of Practice, Department of Arts and Humanities


“I developed The Circle Of Arab Students In Schools (Circle OASIS) as a leadership skills building program to help Arab students in NY and NJ develop the tools to be resilient and happy young adults.” 

Lama Z. Khouri, CAPC, LMSW, MS




“My hope is for international education to embrace the innovations of the times and become more inclusive with a broader group of actors and audiences.”

Jenny Abamu, M.A., International and Comparative Education, Teachers College Columbia University, 2016


Past and Present

Spotlight on Visiting Scholars


‌‌‌Eli Vinokur, Ph.D., a visiting scholar in the Philosophy and Education Program, is hosted by TC's Professor David Hansen. Dr. Vinokur joins us from the University of Haifa where he is a teaching fellow.

“In order to fix education, you need to fix people’s attitudes towards one another. Education is more than learning; it is the atmosphere and interactions that allow for authentic,autonomous self-transformation.”  Read more... 

Events and Updates

NOTICE: Message from the TC President

NOTICE: Response from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger to Executive Order on Refugee and Immigration Policy

Please click here to read about international student resources.

Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Fraga, recipient of the Spring 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "Latino/a Psychology."

Dr. Elizabeth Fraga

ANNOUNCING THE TC IMMERSION PROGRAM 2017: Enrollment for newly admitted students will open soon. Please visit the website to learn more and apply!

January 31, 2017

The 2014 - 2015 recipients of the Global Investment Fund (GIF) met to discuss the exciting new updates on their projects and plans for future work both internationally and here at TC!

From left to right: Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Dr. Portia Williams (OIA Executive Director), Dr. Erika Levy, Dr. Helen Verdeli & Dr. Madhabi Chatterji

Congratulations to Professor Ansley Erickson, recipient of the Spring 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "History of Education in Americas."

Congratulations, Liz!

Congratulations to our amazing doctoral research fellow, Liz Pessin, on her marriage! We're so happy for you and we wish you only happiness and joy!

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Mapping Our Reach


Click on the map above to learn more about TC's global engagement.


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