International Student Affairs

The Office of International Student Affairs' (OISA) mission is to provide a nurturing and supportive living and learning environment for Columbia College Chicago's international student sommunity through advocacy, services, programming, and advising.

The OISA offers new international student "welcome and information" sessions; the "College Smart" workshop series; workshops covering International Revenue (IRS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) laws and regulations, overseas travel, on- and off-campus employment, and maintaining F-1 and J-1 immigration status; sponsors academic and co-curricular activities and college-wide programs; coordinates campus and community services by liaising with other colleges and universities. sponsoring agencies, foreign governments, and local consular offices; supports international recruitment efforts and administers the college's International Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Program.

The office advises the International Student Organization (ISO), supports the International Student Task Force, and sponsors:  The International Student Welcome Program “ISWP”" (August and January), International Grad student “Meet & Greets” (September and February), The “Beyond Columbia Borders” Thanksgiving Host Program (November), International Education Week (November), "World Enigma" (March), International Student Organization Weekly Meetings, and Graduating International Student Receptions (December and May.)

Click here to download the Student Plan Summary for 2014 - 2015.

Gigi Posejpal
Director of International Student Affairs
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

International Student Organization

We are a family made up of international students from around the world who are determined to help each other fully embrace our college experience and promote cultural exchange on campus.

The ISO meets for students to voice their needs and problems as well as to organize fun and exciting events. We seek to improve conditions for international students and contribute to the entire college community through our events.

This organization opens its doors to everyone regardless of ethnicity, academic background, and fields of interest. It's a chance to be yourself, find new inspiration, and promote your own culture as well as others. The ISO welcomes all Columbia College students and invites everyone interested in learning about other cultures, far away lands and making friends from all over the world!

The ISO E-Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and an editor-in chief for The Columbia Passport (formerly known as The Foreign and The International Spotlight Newsletter).

Whether you are from Korea, China, Switzerland, Japan or even the USA, everyone is welcome to the ISO! The ISO meets every Friday at 5:30 p.m. in 618 S Michigan Ave, 4th Floor. You can also contact them on Twitter and Facebook.

The ISO sponsors events such as:

  • Foreign film festivals
  • International Education Week
  • World Enigma
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Field trips
  • Social gatherings

We also collaborate with the Office of International Student Affairs and the Office of International Programs in creating and supporting programs and workshops aimed at enriching the international student experience at College as well as that of all Columbia College students.

Come and explore all the worlds of Columbia!

Insurance Information

Plan Highlights: 

Unlimited coverage per condition

  • $0 Deductible per policy year
  • No exclusion for pre-existing conditions
  • $0 Deductible per policy year
  • CIGNA PPO Network - 100% In Network; 80% Out-of-Network
  • Co-Payments- $15
  • Physician, mental health; substance abuse, chiropractic; physical therapy, acupuncture; and occupational therapy visits
  • Annual Out of Pocket Maximum - $2,000
  • Preventative Care Services under the Affordable Care Act- 100% in network after co-pay
  • Prescription Drug Benefit through Express Scripts - reimbursed up to 50% - no annual limit per policy year
  • Ambulance Services
  • Careington Dental and Vision Benefit - provides a discount network for dental and vision services. (Separate membership cards will be provided)

In addition, the insurance will also include:

  • Mental Health Counseling - A toll free number available 24/7 to assist students for any reason, whether school related, family issues, or adjusting to a new environment, the LewerMark Student Assist Program will be available through a network of trained counselors ready to assist.
  • Legal Assistance - Students sometimes need advice when it comes to immigration, U.S. laws, liability, or any reason a qualified attorney could provide assistance. The LewerMark Student Assist Program will provide a free 30 minute consultation to students to assist with needs for professional legal advice. Referrals are available for additional fee based services as needed.
  • Concierge Service - How many times has a student arrived looking for housing, or possibly finding a local grocer with food from their home country? The LewerMark Student Assist program is available 24/7 to help students find resources for their day to day needs.

Plan Costs and Dates

  • Fall Semester:  Aug. 25, 2014 – January 18, 2015:  $551.33
  • Spring and Summer semesters:  January 19, 2015 – August 24, 2015:  $817.63

When and How to Pay

  • Payment for the Fall 2014 semester is due by Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Payment for Spring and Summer is due by Friday, February 13, 2015

There are two ways to make your insurance payment.

In person, Bring a check or money order made payable to "Columbia College Chicago" to the Cashier’s Window located on the 3rd floor of the 600 S. Michigan Ave building. Be sure to write your OASIS number on the check, and indicate that it is a payment for "International Student Health Insurance." Keep the receipt for your records.

Online, visit the Student Financial Services website for payment information. Insurance payments made by credit card can only be paid through CCCPay. Credit card use on CCCPay is limited to MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Petition for a Waiver

If you do not want to be enrolled in the health insurance plan, you must apply for an insurance waiver.  There is no application, but you must provide the following information.  Please note that an application for an insurance waiver is not automatically approved.  You will be notified by email if your waiver has been approved or denied.                                                                       

  • Provide an “Explanation of Benefits” of your insurance coverage.  This must include
    • Dates of coverage
    • Benefits provided
  • Policy and “Explanation of Benefits” must be in English.
  • The waiver petition and supporting information must be submitted to the Office of International Student Affairs by the deadline indicated below!

Waivers must be approved to avoid being charged for the insurance. 

Waiver deadlines:

·         Fall 2014 semester:  Saturday, September 6, 2014

·         Spring and Summer semesters:  Saturday, January 31, 2015