Support for International and Other Students with Ties to India, Bangladesh and Nepal

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The following was sent Aug. 30 to students from India, Bangladesh and Nepal from International Students and Scholars Office Director and Associate Provost David Austell:

I am reaching out to you to express concern regarding the catastrophic flooding in your home countries and the effect this may be having on you.  Please know that the Columbia community is thinking of you and your families at home, and the ISSO team stands ready to assist you in any way during this time.

In addition to your own school-based Dean of Students, here are just a few of the immediate resources available to you at Columbia:


  • Students based at the Morningside Campus who are interested in meeting with a counselor should call Counseling and Psychological Services at (212) 854-2878.   
  • Students at the CUMC Campus, call Mental Health Services at (212) 305-3400.  
  • Students currently abroad, call International SOS and ask to speak to an Enhanced Emotional Support Counselor at (215) 942-8478

Columbia International Students and Scholars Office: Contact  Please also note that I can be reached 24/7 via (917) 833-9635

Columbia Office of the University Chaplain


Columbia University Department of Public Safety:  

  • Students currently abroad should call the local equivalent of 911, and then call International SOS at (215) 942-8478.

If you have any need for assistance in the coming days, please reach out to us without hesitation.  

Kindest regards,