Custom Focus Areas

Summer Courses

CREATE A SUMMER EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET

As a Columbia Summer student, pursue a specialized area of study with our seven areas of focus for summer 2020.

Choose up to four courses over the span of the summer in the areas of pre-law preparation, pre-med preparation, arts and theater experiences, history and culture, environment, film and politics.

Custom Focus Areas

Click through the seven areas of focus below to learn more. Looking for more options? Check out our full summer course listings by subject area here.

Pre-Med

Pre-Law

Experience New York City: Arts and Theatre

Experience New York City: History and Culture

The Earth and Beyond

Our World Through Cinema

Election 2020

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Additional information

Summer 2020 Session Dates

Choose from one to two courses per session, for a total of up to four courses during the summer term. 

  • Session 1 (D) courses are May 26 - July 2
  • Session 2 (Q) courses are  July 6 - August 14

Schedule and instructor information is posted for Summer 2020 here.

To request a course syllabus, please review the related subject page where you can find the appropriate contact information. Students should contact the the Summer Sessions office at summersessions@columbia.edu to inquire into the course syllabi.

Important Note for International Students
In order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa, students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must maintain full-time status by registering for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in any of the six-week sessions. More information available here.