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. 


Request a Letter

Update Your Address


Travel Outside the United States

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


Upcoming Events



Contact and Make An Appointment

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

Office Hours (by appointment)
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • About International Student and Scholar Services

    ISSS 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.  It 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.  ISSS also 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 Month (November)
    • "World Enigma" (March)
    • International Student Organization Weekly Meetings
    • Graduating International Student Receptions (December and May)