International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services’ (ISSS) mission is to provide a nurturing and supportive living and learning environment for Columbia College Chicago's international student community through advocacy, services, programming, and advising.   

         Spring 2021 Semester Updates

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently confirmed that enrollment requirements for new and continuing students will follow the fall semester guidelines. Please see the SPRING 2021 FAQ regarding enrollment requirements.  Have you recently moved?   Your mailing address in MyColumbia must reflect your current address in Chicago.  Your student visa requires that you update your address within 10 days of moving.  If you have recently moved, make sure you update your mailing address by following these steps:  

                                   Go to MyColumbia  ➡ Personal Information  ➡ Mailing Address 

Once you have updated your mailing address, International Student & Scholar Services will automatically receive a notification with the new address and will update your address in SEVIS.    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact .

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International Student Health Insurance

Employment Information for International Students

CPT & OPT: Practical Training Information

J-VISA Information

Temporary Visitor Driver's License

International Student Organization

Buddy Program

Contact Information and Office Hours

Clare R. Lake, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Fall 2020 Office Hours  (for document drop-off and pick-up)    
Monday - Friday  10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

In-person office hours (by appointment only)   
Thursdays - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
All other appointments via ZOOM conferencing