Columbia University has negotiated specific terms and established standard contracts with local vendors and event venues within a local geographic area. Choosing one of these approved vendors shortens the approving time frame.

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Student Travel

Travel arrangement is for University business-related air, rail, car and bus tickets. Only air and rail arrangements must be made through authorized travel agencies. Discounted purchases for car and bus services can be obtained by going to the below links. All purchases must be in compliance with the University’s Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy.


Complete the Pre-Travel Authorization Form (PTAF) and it must include:

  • Name of traveler
  • Dates of travel
  • City and state of departure and arrival
  • Travel "class"
  • Business purpose of trip

Return the signed PTAF to the Business Office with all supporting documentation (including itinerary and confirmation e-mail).

The pre-travel authorization form must be submitted BEFORE travel can be approved. A signed copy of the pre-travel authorization form will be sent to you. 

* The Business Office will contact the Valerie Wilson Travel agents (Judy Gutow and Jackie Dash) to make travel arrangement. 

You will receive a confirmation of your travel itinerary from the agency when it has been arranged.

Please contact the SIPA Business Office if you have any questions.

* Advance planning is necessary to ensure that your travel can be booked in time for your travel date.

Contact Information

Valerie Wilson Travel
475 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
212-592 1318


Rental Cars
Company Name: Columbia University
CDP #: 254158
Promotion Code: 6132

Bus Rental
Academy Charter    

Car Service
Luxury Worldwide Transportation

For Columbia University's transportation page visit
Columbia University Transportation

For personal travel needs, visit the Student Travel Agency (STA).