Visiting Students: Applying

Visiting Students

General

  • To be eligible for admission, applicants to the Graduate Visiting Student program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and be currently enrolled and in good standing in a graduate program at another institution. Applicants to the Undergraduate Visiting Student program must be currently enrolled and in good standing as an undergraduate student at another institution.
  • If you apply to a program and are denied admission to that program, you may not submit another application for admission to that same program (in that same year/until one year after the date your unsuccessful application was submitted). If you have been denied admission to the same program three times, you are no longer eligible for admission to that program and any further application will not be considered.
  • All admissions decisions are final. There is no appeal process. The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly and with great care.
  • You must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the sole exception of submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST, and by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and Vietnam Education Fund (VEF). If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the admissions office at apply@sps.columbia.edu.

Educational Background Transcripts

  • You must disclose on the application for admission all colleges and universities you have attended for at least one term, regardless of the number of credits received, including professional schools and summer study from which you have received academic credit, and provide transcripts from each institution.
  • Official transcripts are required to complete the admissions process for every SPS program, and you are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange for the submission of official transcripts at the earliest possible stage. While you must upload unofficial transcripts at the time of application, any decision granting admission on the basis of an unofficial transcript will be provisional only and subject to the receipt of official transcripts directly from the issuing institution.
  • If offered admission, before being permitted to enroll, you must provide official verified transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended for academic credit in the manner outlined within the Application Requirements.

Letters of Recommendation and References (if provided)

  • Under no circumstances should you upload a letter on behalf of a recommender. Any person who writes a letter of recommendation must submit that letter themselves. Letters of recommendation may not be sent via email, nor may paper letters be sent via postal mail. All letters must be uploaded by the recommender directly to the application system.
  • When entering contact information for recommenders, you must use their institutional or professional email address. References submitted from personal or anonymous email accounts (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, 123.com, 163.com, etc.) will be subject to additional review and may result in your application being considered ineligible for admission.

Application Verification/Authenticity

  • Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.