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Visiting Student Admissions

The Columbia University Summer Session takes a unique approach to learning by offering curated educational, social, and cultural experiences to connect students with each other and Columbia faculty, along with opportunities to explore New York City landmarks and institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Broadway.

As a summer visiting student at Columbia University, you can customize your study or participate in structured academic programs.

Program Options


Tailor your course plan to your unique needs by enrolling in the following programs:


Visiting Focus Areas

Visiting Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postbaccalaureate students may elect to participate in a Focus Area, and upon successful completion will be awarded a certification of participation. 


Follow a more structured curriculum in one of Columbia’s programs leading to a certificate, Certification of Professional Achievement (CPA), or in an intensive language program:


All students must be comfortable with rapid and idiomatic spoken English. Please review the English language proficiency requirements listed under Application Materials.

Visiting Undergraduate Program: Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at another institution and in good academic standing.

Visiting Graduate Program: Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at another institution and in good academic standing.

Visiting Postbaccalaureate Program: U.S. bachelor’s degree holders or international equivalent.

Certifications of Professional Achievement Programs (CPAs): U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent, and undergraduate students who are rising juniors or seniors with strong academic records.

Certificate Programs: U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent.

Application Process

Courses frequently fill up before the application deadline, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will only be reviewed if all application materials have been submitted.

Start Your Application

  • Step 1. Select your program option. If you are applying to the Visiting Undergraduate, Visiting Graduate, or Visiting Postbaccalaureate programs, determine if you want to participate in a Focus Area and if you are interested in University housing.
  • Step 2. Gather your unofficial academic transcripts.
  • Step 3. Create your account, submit your application, and review your application checklist to ensure all materials are submitted.
  • Step 4. Receive your admissions decision, confirm intent to enroll in your application portal, and apply for housing (if applicable).
  • Step 5. Submit your immunization documentation. International students must also submit an application or transfer application for and I-20 to Columbia ISSO
  • Step 6. Meet with your advisor and register for class(es).

Checking Application Status

Please allow sufficient time after submitting your application before contacting the Office of Admissions about your application status. We encourage you to check your application status in the online application portal as often as you like. You will be notified via email when a decision letter is ready to be viewed in your application portal.

After submitting your completed application, you will receive an email notifying you that the decision is ready to be viewed within the application system. Once your application materials are complete, you should expect to receive a decision notification in 2 to 3 weeks.

For Questions


Regarding Summer Session or Admissions

summersession [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Regarding Withdrawals

sps-summeradvising [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (sps-summeradvising[at]columbia[dot]edu)


SPS Students

If you are a current School of Professional Studies student or an admitted student starting next term, contact a member of our SPS Student Advising Team for information and guidance.


Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Phone: 212-854-9666
Fax: 212-854-7400

*Our phone hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET.


Schedule an Appointment to Discuss Your Options

Are you a prospective student interested in learning additional information? Schedule a 20-minute virtual meeting with an Admissions Counselor.

Schedule a virtual appointment.


Campus Walk-in Hours

If you are in New York City near campus and would like to speak with an available admissions counselor, walk-in hours are available Monday–Thursday from 10:00 a.m–2:00 p.m. (15-minute meetings) for general inquiries.