International Students

The Columbia School of Social Work Welcomes Our International Students

We look forward to meeting with all of our international students, learning from you, and helping you adjust to your new life at the Columbia School of Social Work.

International Student Resources

Columbia University’s International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is the go-to resource for international students.

Please check out the full range of services offered; from applying for a Student Visa to working off campus. (Occasionally ISSO profiles one of our students!)

Our Office of Enrollment and Student Services extends a helping hand to international students. Other helpful CSSW resources include student caucuses, such as:

International Students Program

International students who are unfamiliar with the U.S. Social Welfare System are registered in our Five-Term International Students Program, which features a Professional Immersion Seminar in the fall term covering U.S. Social Services as well as English-language enhancement courses.

NOTE: Students in need of additional English-language practice may be required to enroll in the six-week summer course English for Professional Purposes: Social Work, prior to the start of the fall term.

An Education with a Global Focus

At the School of Social Work, students have the option of concentrating in international social welfare, with summer and field internships at international organizations like the United Nations, both in New York and abroad. They also have the opportunity to take courses with faculty who are working around the globe. Every spring, the School offers special courses on social work in particular countries, such as Chile or Jordan, with opportunities to travel to those countries during spring break.

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