I remember the first time I visited New York City – it was a little intimidating. I grew up in a suburb of Portland, Oregon and even though I was an American, New York City seemed like a foreign country to me. My first visit came in high school as part of an exchange program way back in 1989. I found myself surrounded by sound, people, and tall buildings the likes I had never seen before. We know that international students can be a bit overwhelmed by the transition to life in NYC and we are fortunate to have a caring group of professionals to help.
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at Columbia University helps to make the transition to life in New York City a smooth one. They have a diverse orientation schedule that lasts five weeks and allows international students to take advantage of shows, parks, pubs, neighborhood visits, music events, and professional sporting events.
If you are an incoming international student you are likely aware of the activities that are listed on the Essential Information for New International Students and Scholars page. If you are a prospective student be sure to take a look to see what opportunities await those making the transition to NYC.