Summer Courses

Below are some frequently asked questions about the program.

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When will the Summer 2020 course list be available?

Course offerings are now available for Summer 2020.

Do you offer online courses in the summer?

Yes. You can find courses that are offered online with the designation "-ONLINE" next to the course name under Subject Area course listings.

How do I know if a class is full?

Some classes have an enrollment cap. If you see a maximum number under the enrollment column and a number that matches that maximum number, the class is currently full. As the enrollment numbers fluctuate through the last day of Change of Program Period, we recommend checking this number periodically to see if there are changes. The system updates overnight to reflect the most up-to-date numbers.

Will these course credits transfer to my home institution?

Columbia Summer Sessions cannot determine if a visiting student’s credits will transfer to their home institution. The student’s home institution is responsible for determining if the Columbia Summer credits will transfer to their degree requirements.

What if the class I want is full? Is there a waitlist?

There are no waitlists in the summer term. If a preferred class is full, we encourage students to check the enrollment numbers daily to see if there are any changes. Often students will change their courses through the last day of Change of Program.

Who do I contact regarding course-specific questions?

You should contact the Departmental Representative for course-specific questions. Their contact information is found on each subject page. You can also choose to reach out to the SPS Advising team at spsadvising@columbia.edu.

Who do I contact regarding application, registration, tuition questions?

To speak with a Summer Sessions Admissions Counselor, email summersessions@columbia.edu or call 212-854-9666 . To speak with an advisor, please email spsadvising@columbia.edu.

How do I find an instructor’s contact information?

An instructor’s contact information can be found in the Columbia University People Directory.

I have to add a class for my visa, but everything I’m interested in is full. What do I do?

It is important to have alternate course options in the event your first choice remains full. If all of your preferred courses are full, we recommend checking the enrollment numbers periodically to see if there are changes. Enrollment numbers tend to fluctuate through the last day of Change of Program Period. If there are no drops in enrollment, we recommend that you reach out to a Summer Sessions Advisor to see if there are any other alternatives.