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.   


     Please read this important message from our Provost, Dr. Marcella David in response to the July 6th announcement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  

Earlier this week the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students will not be allowed to be or stay in the country if they are solely taking courses online this fall. International students must take a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses to comply with the new regulation; those students who fail to comply with this guidance may face deportation. We are currently assessing how this new regulation impacts our international students, and contacting students to confirm their schedules, update their schedules as necessary, and update their immigration documentation. If you are an international student and have immediate questions, please reach out to our International Student and Scholar Services.

Columbia College values our international students and we are committed to supporting them wherever they are. We have online options for students who are unable to get to Chicago, and we will offer face-to-face courses for as long as it is allowed by the city and the state.  

Importantly, we support ongoing efforts to reverse the new regulations and restore the full range of options allowing international students visiting this country to chart the current educational environment on their own terms, according to their individual health concerns and scholarly interests. Their planning should not depend upon circumstances beyond their control: the varying programmatic choices made by educational institutions to respond to the evolving pandemic.

Columbia College is coordinating with our state and national educational associations advocating for reversal of this rule. We are closely monitoring legal actions being pursued to stop the implementation of the new rule. We encourage community members to also consider contacting their Congressional representatives to urge them to act. 

In the meantime, we will meet this new challenge as we always do: with creative solutions that reflect our compassion for our students and dedication to our mission. 


Marcella David
Senior Vice President and Provost


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

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Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.