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New Student Orientation Workshops

At the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, your transition to graduate studies is important to us. We have designed various webinars to support your transition. Whether you are learning how to finance your degree, navigate your academics or seeking guidance on professional development, we have a session just for you. Click on a topic below to view the recording.


Advanced Strategies for High Performing Graduate Students 

Facilitated by the Office of Student Support and Office of Faculty Affairs

Engage in an interactive session with cross-disciplinary facilitators on various strategies students have successfully implemented into their graduate studies. Participants in the session will develop an understanding of important skills and habits to incorporate into their studies as they embark on their graduate school journeys. There will be an opportunity to engage with the presenters and other students throughout the session.

Financing Your Graduate Degree

Facilitated by Student Financial Planning

Students are funded and paid in multiple ways. This session provides an overview of Columbia University's policies and funding structures as well as different financial resources that are available to you over your course of study. It will also provide information to help you make informed decisions about your financial planning.

Getting to Know the Career Design Lab

Facilitated by the Career Design Lab

Professional Development is an integral part of your graduate education at the School of Professional Studies. In this session, you will learn about the variety of programs, resources, and opportunities for you to develop the professional skills and competencies needed to succeed at Columbia and beyond. You will hear from the Career Design Lab team who will share how you may build clarity, confidence, and connections as you consider a diverse range of career options.

Immigration Essentials 

Facilitated by the International Students and Scholars Office

This session is designed to provide international students with the tools to understand their immigration privileges and responsibilities upon arriving in the US, how to keep in status and protect their F student and J exchange visitor non-immigrant status to ensure eligibility for future benefits. In addition, facilitators will discuss important policies, documentation, and information that international students should consider while partaking in studies at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

Involvement in the CU Community

Facilitated by the Office of Student Life and University Life

Are you looking for opportunities to build leadership and professional skills? Then this session is for you! There are a multitude of ways for graduate students to be involved in the Columbia Community! Join us as members of the Office of Student Life team share ways to maximize your student experience through extracurricular involvement.

Navigating Unconscious Bias In and Out of the Classroom 

Facilitated by the Office of Student Support

This session is designed to make students aware of their socialization and the socialization of others and how this plays a part in developing implicit biases. Through an engaging and interactive session, students will gain an understanding of implicit and explicit bias, discuss where bias can arise in the classroom, and develop strategies on how you can mitigate bias in your interactions with others.

Research Support with Columbia Libraries

Facilitated by the Columbia University Libraries Team

This session can provide you with a multitude of resources to complement your academic endeavors. Interlibrary loan, research databases and general reference information resources will be discussed.

Thriving in Graduate School: Caring for Yourself and Others

Facilitated by the Office of Student Wellness

This session will help graduate students reflect on the ways they can care for themselves and others here at Columbia University. Through an engaging and interactive session, students will learn the importance of balance for success while understanding the variety of wellness resources available through the University. Students will be encouraged to be courageous in acknowledging vulnerability and knowing when to reach out for help.

What are pronouns? Understanding and Using gender-inclusive language at Columbia University

Facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and SPS Student Life

This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to understand gender and sexuality, learn about pronouns, and how we can all take part in building a more gender-inclusive Columbia.

How to Zoom: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Functionality

This session is designed to help students become more familiar with Zoom and provide an overview of all the functionalities it has to offer. The facilitators will teach tips and tricks to maximize the app in the classroom and for group projects as you embark on your journey at the School of Professional Studies.