International

CDL and the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) work collaboratively to support international students and alumni of Columbia. We encourage you to build relationships with people at both offices to learn about the services and resources available to you, and to understand how your visa status influences your career search. The International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO) provides the following services:

  • Maintaining visa status
  • Immigration and document services
  • Obtaining U.S. work authorization
  • Programs, workshops, and resources related to your visa and job search
  • Advisors to discuss your status maintenance related questions

CDL provides you with these services:

  • Career advising and resources to understand your employment options
  • Development of a plan for your job and internship search strategy
  • Events tailored to international students’ needs and challenges
  • Resources to help you identify employers willing to sponsor international employees – please see GoinGlobal for a database of employers who have applied for H1Bs in the past.

US Work Authorization/Visas

The International Student & Scholars Office is your best source of information on work visas. They are the experts on employment authorization for international students. Be sure to visit their website for answers to your employment questions and to set up appointments with them.

Be sure to read the COVID-19 FAQs for International Students:

ISSO COVID-19 HUB

China Job Portal

The Global University Central Career Union (GUCCU) offers a job portal for employers based in China. Click the button below to check out opportunities:

China Job Portal

Beijing Global Center

The Beijing Global Center was established in March 2009 as one of the first in the network of Columbia Global Centers, serving as an important regional hub for Columbia University in East Asia. Check out updated career opportunities through the Center:

Career Opportunities in China

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