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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

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


“What keeps us going is seeing the resilience the teachers have despite having 200 kids in their classroom and not enough books. It’s seeing that they’re still eager to be teachers because they know that education is what it will take to get out of that camp someday, and to have other opportunities. They’re so grateful for us, and yet they have no idea that what they’re giving us is so much more than what we could ever give them.”

Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of International and Transcultural Studies


“I think treatment research is one of the most important research that we need to be doing because there hasn’t been a lot of research done on speech treatment for children with cerebral palsy. If clinical practices are not evidence-based, then it’s difficult to know whether therapies are being done correctly. There are so many children that speak more than one language in this country, and we need to be able to tailor our therapy to fit these kids’ needs."

Michelle YoungHwa Chang, M.S., Ed.M.


"Research to me means bringing into real-life all these past years of hard work at TC. I find it challenging because there’s so little research in the speech and language characteristics of Spanish speaking individuals with Parkinson’s disease, but at the same time it’s such a priceless learning experience, and I am very happy to be developing research in my own language to help my community, here in Spain and abroad." 

Gemma Moya Gale, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Teachers College Columbia University, 2015


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9/18/17: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of Vice President Qi and other senior administrators from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), a local partner for the TCSOL/TESOL Summer Dual Certificate Program in Beijing. The delegation met with President Fuhrman, Vice Provost Goss, Professor Han, Professor Lindhardsen, Dr. Williams, and Haimei Sun to learn more about online education and to discuss further collaborations. 

8/16/17: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of educators from Nigeria. The group toured the TC campus and met with the Office of Teacher Education (OTE): Dr. Dwight Manning, Suzanne Pratt, Aimee Katembo and Julia Yu. A TC doctoral student pursuing research in Nigeria, Tobore Egborge, also joined the meeting.

Beijing Foreign Studies University Group Picture, Taken 6/7/17

‌06/07/2017: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of President Peng and other senior administration from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) along with the Consul and Vice Consul of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Mr. Wenhua Wang and Mr. Zhe Qiao, respectively. The delegation met with TC Provost Thomas James, Dr. Cheng Davis, Professor ZhaoHong Han, and Dr. Portia Williams to learn more about TC’s teacher training and development activities.


President Peng of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Provost James, Taken 6/7/17

From left to right: President Peng of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Provost James

 Noura Ibrahim Almarri, Director of Special Education Department and Aisha Saif Alsiri, Director of Health and Physical Fitness from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education met with TC's Dr. Angel Wang, Dr. Maria Hartman, Dr. Pamela Koch and Dr. Isobel Contento to discuss special education, nutrition and physical fitness in the UAE.

Noura Ibrahim Almarri, Director of Special Education Department and Aisha Saif Alsiri, Director of Health and Physical Fitness from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education met with TC's Dr. Angel Wang, Dr. Maria Hartman, Dr. Pamela Koch and Dr. Isobel Contento to discuss special education, nutrition and physical fitness in the UAE.

"Psychology Beyond Borders: Lessons from Kashmir, Sudan, Palestine and Burma/Myanmar. A Focus on the Intersectionality of Mental Health Disparities and Political Oppression" | April 21, 2017

Hosted by TC student group, In Fluency, and co-sponsored by OIA, the panel featured health experts and activists from around the world and focused on the relationship between activism and mental health services specifically in the countries of Kashmir, Sudan, Palestine, and Myanmar/Burma.

In Fluency Student-led panel discussion on 4/21/17

From left to right: Dr. Portia Williams, Dr. Maria Hartman, Ameera Amir and Dr. Ye Wang meet to discuss education for the deaf and hard of hearing in the UAE.

The first Columbia Future China Education Forum was held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in TC's Cowin Auditorium. Hosted by the Future China Initiative (FCI) and co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), the forum was a great success with more than 300 Columbia University (CU) and non-CU participants and over 450 individuals participating via live stream. In addition, over 100 students attended the job fair. Congratulations to FCI!

March 26, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Mary Mendenhall for her feature in "Despite Inclusive Policies, Refugee Children Face Major Obstacles to Education" showcasing her work with urban refugee education. You can read the article on the National Education Association's website.

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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