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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.


 “You’re only at TC for a short time and the ‘world work’ can be lonely after graduation—that’s why continuing professional education is so important.”

Dr. Roberta Lenger Kang, Center Director, Center for Professional Education of Teachers (CPET)


“They’re taking a lot of risk. People have gone to prison for a lot less than what they’re doing.”

Ben Steiner, Department of International & Transcultural Studies


“When [TC] says diversity, it means it in every sense of the word.”

Allen Kenneth Schaidle, International Educational Development, MA, alumnus '15

Department of International and Transcultural Studies 

News and Updates

Spotlight on Visiting Scholars

Alvin Kuowei Tay, Ph.D.


“Dr. Verdeli’s Lab is one of the few labs that specifically focuses on mental health in developing countries [and] in post-conflict countries.”



International Travel Grant (ITG) Fall 2019 Application Cycle Open!

Deadline: October 25, 2019

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please review the ITG Announcement Fall 2019. To apply, please click here.



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Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring 2019 cycle of the International Travel Grant!


3/6/2019: Congratulations to our previous DRF, Heidi Liu Banerjee, on a successful dissertation defense!






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‌Updates on Immigration & Travel

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January 2019: Professors Ruth Vinz, Srikala NaraianNick Wasserman and Dr. Portia Williams visited Heidelberg School of Education in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss potential research collaborations. While there, they met with TC alumna and current Heidelberg University doctoral student, Violet Kim.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Williams, Violet Kim and Professor Vinz.

Thomas Bailey Inauguration12/7/18: OIA would like to congratulate Dr. Thomas R. Bailey on his inauguration as Teachers College's 11th President! We look forward to what his leadership will bring for Teachers College and its mission for quality education around the world.




11/21/18: In mid November, Nick Wasserman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, traveled to Rancagua, Chile to participate in the first Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) Regional Conference in South America. During his visit, he also traveled to Santiago and to Valparaiso to meet with faculty at four universities and discuss the possibility for future collaborations.



7/26/18: The Sookmyung Global Exploration Project toured TC and met with Dr. Helen Rozelman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education, in the Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology. The group discussed gender-based violence and PTSD in Korea and how both affect women during the child and adolescent stages.

Colombia TC SLP Team with patients and families6/28/18: Dr. Cate Crowley and a team that included students in speech language pathology recently concluded their 6th year in Neiva Colombia working with a cleft palate team under Healing the Children and Smile Train and connected to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital craniofacial team. Dr. Crowley's team provided individualized speech therapy sessions in Spanish for patients and their families. They trained families on how to continue therapy after leaving the clinic. This year the team saw 95 different patients (not including screening day) and gave 275 individual sessions of speech language therapy. In addition, as always, they trained Colombian speech language pathologists so that the work can continue even after Dr. Crowley's team leaves. They also collected data as part of an IRB study to analyze the effectiveness of the model. The team is pictured below along with patients and their families.

4/19/18: TC welcomed Professor Bettina Amrhein of Bielefeld University to discuss a potential collaboration. Pictured below are Professor Amrhein (left) and TC's Professor Srikala Naraian (right).




4/23/18: In February 2018, in collaboration with TC and Eucor (the European Campus) at Columbia University, the Anxiety Culture Research Project held a workshop on anxiety culture. Prominent faculty members from TC and the Alliance Program in France attended. This summer a lecture series will be held at Kiel University, followed by a conference at the Columbia Global Center Paris in the fall. 

4/13/18: Teachers College celebrated the launch of the Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED), a joint center between Teachers College and King's College London. CITED's founding co-directors are TC's own Professor Mariana Souto-Manning and KCL's Professor Viv Ellis. Pictured (left to right) are KCL Director of External Relations, Maxine Taylor and TC Provost and Dean, Professor Thomas James. Image credit to JD Closser.

2/12/18: Congratulations to Dr. Madhabi Chatterji on her workshop, "Evidence-Based Approaches for Enhancing Educational Quality," presented at the Columbia Global Center in Mumbai.  


1/15/18Dr. Deanna Kuhn led a workshop titled “Promoting Critical Thinking in the 21st Century” at Universidad Católica’s campus in San Joaquín, Chile. Chaired by Veronica Cabezas, a TC Alumna '10 and assistant professor in the Education Department of the Universidad Católica, the workshop focused on the challenges teachers face in capturing the attention of over-stimulated students, and how teachers can nurture skills that will prepare young people for a future of learning, work, and citizenship.



1/9/18: Dr. Cate Crowley and her team recently concluded their seventh 3-day professional development (PD) retreat with the teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ghana. Since 2008, she has provided annual PD retreats for teachers in the 25 Special Education Unit Schools across Ghana. For her work, Dr. Crowley received a citation from Ghana's Ministry of Education, as well as a special gift (pictured below) made by the students at one of the schools.

11/16/17: TC welcomed a delegation of senior administrators from various education and teacher education colleges and universities in Israel. Organized by the MOFET Institute, the group met with Provost James, Aimee Katembo of the Office of Teacher Education, Professor Kim Noble and Professor Mary Mendenhall to learn more about innovation and technology in education areas at TC, particularly teacher training pedagogies and professional development.

11/15/17: "What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment" was a workshop by Dan Beaudry, the author of Power Ties: the International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. The workshop was co-sponsored by OIS, CEPD and the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs as part of International Education Week (IEW) 2017.


Professor Patricia Martinez-AlvarezCongratulations to Professor Patricia Martínez-Álvarez, recipient of the Fall 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "Curriculum and Instruction for Bilingual Students With and Without Disabilities."



A group photo of attendees at TC Grand Rounds

10/26/17: TC Grand Rounds hosted Pamela Sheeran, MPA, the Vice President for Comprehensive Care for Smile Train. She gave a presentation titled "Beyond Surgery: Smile Train's Global Initiatives to Increase Capacity for Speech Therapy for Cleft Palate Patients." Dr. Cate Crowley (pictured below) has led speech related professional capacity building efforts at Smile Train partner hospitals in Africa and the Americas.

Dr. Cate Crowley at the TC Grand Rounds Smile Train event

Pamela Sheeran, MPA and Dr. Cate Crowley







10/19/17: Teachers College welcomed the Vice President & Vice Principal of King's College London, Professor Funmi Olonisakin, and the Director of Global Engagement, Dr. Tania Lima. The delegation met with President Fuhrman and Dr. Williams to celebrate future collaborations in teacher education.







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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