UIIS Access

The Global Centers are located in nine countries and provide the University with a worldwide network of expertise that facilitates engagement, research, and learning for students, faculty, and the public. Six of these nine Global Centers—Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Nairobi, Paris, and Tunis—are now welcoming students with upgraded technology, equipment, and full-time, onsite, trained staff. Our Center in Santiago is also able to support a small number of students who will remain in Chile for the fall term and our Centers in Mumbai and Rio are available for virtual support. In addition, we are offering students access to Columbia-designated space at WeWork locations in the seven cities below to convene, collaborate, study, or just hang out. The University has also arranged for dedicated space for its students in Tel Aviv at Tel Aviv University and in Athens. We also offer access passes to Columbia University students in 50 global cities to use at any WeWork location in their country. 

In order to access any of these locations—both current and potential—students have to first fill out a survey. The assessment gives us a chance to learn more about individual and collective student interests, where students are located, what their status is, which locations would be of greatest interest, and potential utilization. Our aim is to provide students with the opportunity to be an active member of the Columbia community no matter their location. (Students who have already filled out the survey do not need to fill it out again.)

All students who plan to use these spaces are required to follow the directions found here.

Prior to entry to any WeWork location, you must acknowledge the Facility Terms of Use on a daily basis before accessing a location. A Daily Facility Terms of Use must be acknowledged on the same day as each and every visit to the location.

Access a Columbia-designated WeWork space

Every student who comes to a WeWork location is required to complete an online Facility Terms of Use on the morning before accessing the location. If a student enters a location without completing the Facility Terms of Use, the student’s membership may be suspended. Click below to complete the Facility Terms of Use.

beijing
Beijing

Parkview Place
3F, Building 1, Zone A, 2 East 4th Ring Rd
Chaoyang
Beijing 100016

Shanghai
Shanghai

188 Huaihai Middle Lu
188 Huaihai Middle Road
Shanghai 200021

Shenzhen
Shenzhen

Hon Kwok Center
3031 Shennan Ave
Futian CBD
Shenzhen 518000

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Hong Kong

Seoul
Seoul

Yeoksam Station II
14 Teheran-ro 26-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06236

Singapore
Singapore

City House
36 Robinson Road
Singapore 068877

London
London

21
Soho Square
London W1D 3QP

Access a Columbia Global Center

Every student who accesses a Global Center space will sign a registration log and acknowledge each day, by check mark, having read the Columbia Health Compact.

Additional Partnership Spaces

Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv University

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Overview

The spaces are available to any currently enrolled Columbia University undergraduate or graduate student, as well as any student who is matriculating in January, has referred to 2021, or is on a leave of absence.

There are four types of spaces for which students can register. In brief, they are:

  1. Columbia Global Centers 
  • Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Nairobi, Paris, Santiago, and Tunis.
  • The Global Centers in Mumbai and Rio are not accessible at this time due to local conditions.
     
  1. Columbia-dedicated WeWork spaces 
  • Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, and London.
     
  1. WeWork All-Access Pass Spaces in 50 cities

     
  2. Columbia partnership locations
  • Partnership locations in Athens and Tel Aviv are special arrangements providing dedicated space for Columbia students. Further information is forthcoming.

Columbia Global Centers are permanent University outposts that promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world. This fall term, Centers have been repositioned as study and community spaces for students.

The WeWork dedicated spaces offer temporary solutions for the fall term. Seven WeWork sites that are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, and London have a Columbia-dedicated space set aside for the exclusive use of students. These spaces will not be utilized by other non-Columbia tenants of WeWork members.

These are WeWork sites that do not have special Columbia-dedicated spaces. Students in 50 cities will be given a WeWork All-Access Pass to these sites.

(go here to see locations)

What to do:

  • Fill out the survey, if you have not done so already. 
  • The Center you indicate will send you a welcome letter with the contact information of their Student Outreach Coordinator to arrange a first visit.
  • Read and acknowledge the Columbia Global Centers Community Health Compact prior to visiting any Global Center.
  • Visit and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit,  simply sign in and acknowledge daily attestation (also known as a Facility Daily Terms of Use), which can be found here. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every subsequent visit.

What to bring: 

  • Columbia University ID or proof of admission or affiliation.
  • Your laptop computer and headphones. 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times 

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  • Fill out the survey, if you haven't done so already 
  • Complete the requested information on this webpage
  • Review a virtual orientation here
  • Check the overview of study rooms at the Beijing Center
  • Book your seats by scanning the QR code of the seat registration system 
CGCBJ Seat Reservation QR code

Here is the QR code of the Beijing Center's assistant. Please scan it if you'd like to join WeChat chat groups in China and connect with your fellow students on social media.

CGC BJ

(go here to see locations)

What to do:

  • Fill out the survey, if you haven't done so already. 
  • Complete the requested information on this webpage.
  • Review a virtual orientation here
  • Visit, pick up your membership card, and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit, simply sign-in and acknowledge daily attestation (also known as a Facility Daily Terms of Use), which can be found here. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every subsequent visit.

What to bring:

  • Columbia University ID or proof of admission or affiliation.
  • Your laptop computer and headphones. 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times  

Upon arrival, show the WeWork employee at the front desk your ID (For the London location, this includes passport) and inform them that you are there to collect your key card. WeWork will confirm your identity, request that you sign some paperwork, direct you to the Columbia-dedicated space, and you are all set!

(go here to see locations)

What to do:

  • Fill out the survey, if you haven’t already done so. 
  • Complete the requested information on this webpage.
  • Review a virtual orientation here
  • Visit, pick up your membership card, and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit,  simply sign-in and acknowledge daily attestation (also known as a Facility Daily Terms of Use).For each subsequent visit, students will need to acknowledge a simple daily Terms of Use form, which can be found here. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every subsequent visit. 

What to bring:

  • Columbia University ID or proof of admission or affiliation.
  • Your laptop computer and headphones. 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times  

Upon arrival to any WeWork site, show the WeWork employee at the front desk your ID and inform them that you are there to collect your access card. WeWork will confirm your identity, and give you an access card.

Prepare For Your Visit

Answer: 

  • Your laptop, a face covering, and headphones. 
  • Columbia ID for a Columbia Global Centers space. 
  • Government-issued ID for a WeWork space.
    • For the London location, this includes passport. 

After you have been issued a WeWork card, you will not need to show your ID to the WeWork representative for subsequent visits.

 

We will send a daily list to WeWork of every student who has completed the pre-visit requirements. We will then send you an email informing you that you have been given access to a WeWork location.

For a Columbia Global Center space, you will arrange your visit via email with the Student Outreach Coordinator, whose contact information was shared with you in a letter from the Center’s Director. Remember to bring your Columbia ID or proof of admission or affiliation.

For a WeWork space, there is no need to make an appointment. You can visit during normal Monday-Friday WeWork business hours (9:00am-6:00pm, local time). But remember to bring your government-issued ID and, in the case of London, also bring a passport.

WeWork Community Managers will only be checking your government-issued ID on your first visit (for the London location, this includes passport). If you are visiting a Columbia Global Center, you will need to bring your Columbia ID, or proof of admission or affiliation.

Hours Of Operation

Centers are open Monday to Friday according to the following hours:

  • Amman: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Beijing: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Istanbul: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Nairobi: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Paris: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Santiago: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Tunis: 9 am – 9 pm

Columbia-dedicated WeWork spaces are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

For All-Access Pass holders, WeWork facilities are open to you 9am-6pm, Monday - Friday.

On your first day, key cards may be collected from a WeWork location (for Columbia-dedicated spaces and Access Pass locations) Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm.

While At The WeWork Location

We expect you to abide by the University’s Code of Conduct. For details of those obligations and responsibilities, please refer here.

No. The use of the space and the amenities (coffee, water, printing) are free.

Students will not be charged for using printers at WeWork locations.  But WeWork may re-evaluate their free printing policy if they believe there has been abuse of this privilege.

Contact Sarah.Rudolph@WeWork.com, who can clarify what type of membership you have and transfer your membership to the Columbia account for this term.

Yes. A WeWork employee on site will show you the steps you need to take to book a conference room through the WeWork app.

As a general rule, no. But you may review WeWork buildings’ amenities here.

All basic necessities are free of charge; you can grab coffee and tea, book conference rooms, have free use of the printing services and WiFi network, and other amenities.This is in addition to the programming and events coming down the pipeline.

This varies by WeWork building.  Students can look up detailed information about a WeWork building at https://www.wework.com/search, or through the WeWork app. WeWork does not operate parking lots, but your WeWork Community Team may have recommendations on parking options nearby.

Of course. The WeWork communal spaces are designed acoustically to allow those in the space to speak at a moderate volume without disturbing others. If more privacy is needed, WeWork offers a variety of secluded space options.

Yes. Please refer to their webpage here.

Health And Safety

Each space has been designed to accommodate the number of students that the University knows may use it. The spaces follow strict health and safety guidelines and monitor usage according to capacity. All private offices and conference rooms will have maximum occupancy limits posted outside the room.

Yes, if it is a communal space. If you are in a private office, and you are alone, you do not need to wear a face covering.

Yes, you will need to be physically distant at all times. Chairs have been marked to show where you should not sit. Students should not remove any markers or tape.

Yes. 

  1. For Columbia Global Centers 

Every student who accesses a Global Center space will sign a registration log and acknowledge each day, by check mark, having read the Columbia Health Compact.
 

  1. For WeWork spaces

Every student who comes to a WeWork location is required to complete an online Facility Terms of Use on the morning before accessing the location. If a student enters a location without completing the Facility Terms of Use, the student’s membership may be suspended. 

When you are in a private office, and you are alone, you don’t need to wear a face covering.

Yes. Please adhere to all health and safety procedures when using any shared amenity either on or off a Columbia-dedicated WeWork floor.

Yes, you may order lunch to be delivered to you, and, yes, you can eat with your friends, as long as you remain physically distant.

Every student and visitor is required to follow all health and safety rules, and to notify WeWork Staff and/or Columbia Global Centers of any violation.

 

If you feel ill, you should stay home and not put your fellow classmates, WeWork members and employees, or Global Center staff at risk of being infected by you.

The most important action that you should take is to self-quarantine and follow local guidelines / requirements intended to protect you and your fellow citizens.

Columbia’s Global Travel portal
http://globaltravel.columbia.edu/content/register-a-trip

U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Access Opportunity (STEP)
https://step.state.gov/step

Every student who is accepting a Columbia University provided WeWork Membership Access
Pass (also known as Access Opportunity), or visiting a Columbia Global Center, must register at Columbia’s Global Travel portal even if the travel is within country and a short distance.

In addition, it is highly recommended that students enroll in the STEP program which will alert you to serious health, safety and other circumstances taking place within your travel location.

Access Questions

Guests are not allowed - Columbia-dedicated spaces are only available for registered Columbia students.

Students in the seven cities with a dedicated Columbia space are able to use only those locations.

An All-Access Pass gives the bearer the ability to access any WeWork location in the country in which it was issued.

No. All-Access Passes can only be used in the country in which it was issued.

Current access is for the fall term only, ending December 23rd. We will update students later this fall if access will be extended into Spring.

Using Other Spaces

If you would like to change the location for which you have registered access, please send an email to cgc@columbia.edu. But you may not use the All-Access Passes in the cities where there are Columbia-dedicated spaces.

No. All-Access Passes are not issued in cities with a Columbia-dedicated space, nor do they allow access to Columbia-dedicated spaces.

Other Questions

You will need to arrange your own housing if you plan to utilize a WeWork location that is not near your current residence.

We are developing robust volunteer opportunities and will be updating students soon. Send us an email at cgc@columbia.edu if you would like to get involved.

No. But you can download the WeWork app to stay informed of updates about your WeWork space. Once WeWork has your information in their system, you may download the WeWork app using the email address associated with your access.

Yes. A link for a group chat related to your particular city was shared with you in the email you received October 1st from Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development. If you cannot find the letter, please email cgc@columbia.edu and request the link.

No. We are not issuing Columbia IDs at any of these locations.

Students should register for WeWork access with the name on their government-issued ID. If there are issues surrounding a student name, contact cgc@columbia.edu.

To transfer your membership to a different location, contact cgc@columbia.edu.

 

Yes. To host an event at a WeWork site, contact cgc@columbia.edu. To host an event at a Global Center, contact your local Student Outreach Coordinator.

Connecting With Fellow Students

Every Columbia-dedicated WeWork space has an affiliated WeChat and WhatsApp group, the links to which were provided in the student welcome letter from Executive VIce President of Global Centers and Global Development, Safwan M. Masri. If you have misplaced the link and wish to join a group, please contact cgc@columbia.edu. To connect with other students at a Global Center, contact your local Student Outreach Coordinator.