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The staff of the Office of International Services (OIS) is happy to know that you will be studying at Teachers College, Columbia University in the near future. We look forward to meeting you and working together to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

The OIS is an essential resource for international students, visiting scholars and faculty, and their dependents. We are responsible for providing immigration-related advice, assistance, and documentation services. We process applications for certificates of eligibility (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) for students who need to apply for F-1 or J-1 student visas. We also conduct mandatory workshops about the responsibilities, requirements, and benefits of student immigration status. Finally, the OIS serves as TC's liaison with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on matters concerning TC's international community.

In addition to providing immigration-related services, the OIS sponsors activities of interest to international students. We encourage you to learn more and participate in these activities. At the beginning of each semester, the OIS organizes orientation sessions about academic life at Teachers College and living in New York. Our office also advises students throughout the year on personal and academic concerns, financial planning and expectations, language and cultural adjustment, and related issues.

This section of our website is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions of students who are preparing to come to New York and study at Teachers College. As a new student, you may have questions about visas, financial matters, housing, weather, health, academic advising and registration, orientation, and directions to the College. We hope the information is helpful to you. Please feel free to revisit this site often, as it is updated frequently.

The OIS is located in L5 Whittier Hall. New international students must report to the OIS as soon after arrival as possible. Be sure to bring your passport, Form I-94, and Form I-20 or DS-2019 with you.

If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at for the fastest response.


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