Visiting Students: Applying

Visiting Students

General

  • To be eligible for admission: 

- Applicants to the Undergraduate Visiting program must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at another institution and in good academic standing.

- Applicants to the Graduate Visiting program must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent from an accredited institution and be currently enrolled and in good standing in a graduate program at another institution. 

- Applicants to the Postbaccalaureate Visiting program must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent from an accredited institution by the date on which they enroll at the Graduate School. 

- Applicants to the Certifications of Professional Achievement in Critical Issues in International Relations, Human Rights, and United Nations Studies must hold a bachelor's degree or be undergraduate students who are rising juniors or seniors with strong academic records. 

- Certificate programs are only open to those who hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent.

  • You may not apply to more than one program offered by the School of Professional Studies in any one semester. If an applicant submits applications to more than one program offered by SPS in the same semester, both applications may be denied automatically on that basis alone.
  • 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 for a year. For example, if you were denied admission to a program for Summer 2023, you are not eligible to apply again to that same program until Summer 2024. 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 summersession@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.

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.