Welcome to New York City and to the School of Social Work at Columbia University! We are so glad you’ve decided to embark on this journey with us. To help get you started, we have prepared a New Student Checklist. In addition, we offer answers to these Frequently Asked Questions:
If you're an Advanced Standing Student, Orientation begins on August 3, 2015.
If you're a Two-Year, Extended, Reduced Residency or Transfer student, Orientation will be held the week of August 31 - September 4, 2015.
During Orientation, incoming students receive their class schedules and learn about registration, their field placements, and various student resources, among other topics.
To be released in August 2015. Watch this space.
Preparation for the Profession Orientation:
In addition to general orientation, incoming first-year students who are entering field in Fall 2015 must attend the Preparation for the Profession Orientation, designed to help them with their field placement internships, which begin on Monday, September 21, 2015.
These sessions are mandatory and will be held on the following dates:
Friday, September 4 (Part of Orientation Week)
Tuesday, September 8 (Community Day Walk)
Friday, September 11
Fall 2015 classes begin Tuesday, September 8 for second-year students and Wednesday, September 9, for first-year students.
Learn more about your options here.
You will receive your field placement assignment during Orientation week. (You will be notified before Orientation only if your placement requires special tests—e.g., fingerprinting or medical clearance.)
Students entering their first year of field placement are in the field three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
Please go to the General Students Questions page, which provides guidance on housing, health insurance and other common student issues.
I am an international student. When will I receive my I-20 student visa form? Do I need to send additional documentation?
If you are an international student, you must apply to Columbia University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for student status. The I-20 is required to apply for a student entry visa at a U.S. consulate, to present at a port of entry upon arrival, and to transfer your SEVIS record if you are currently in the United States on an F-1 status. NOTE: SEVIS transfer students must have the current school’s international office transfer your SEVIS record to Columbia before you apply for an I-20 from Columbia.
Application Process: I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
- As soon as possible, submit your online application for an I-20 to the ISSO by following the steps at: http://isso.columbia.edu. NOTE: All supporting documents must be submitted by email using the address provided on this site.
- The ISSO will review your documentation and send the I-20 that is required to apply for an F-1 student entry visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country or, for students who already have F-1 status, to complete the SEVIS transfer process. NOTE: ISSO usually sends out the I-20 forms four (4) weeks after it has received all required documentation and your application is complete.
Still have questions?
Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-851-2400 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have financial aid related questions, please call 212-851-2293 or e-mail email@example.com.
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