Application Deadlines

Session 1 May 14
Session 2 June 25

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Application Deadlines for International Students

Session 1 April 1*
Session 2 May 1**

* Deadline extension: The final day to apply for Session 1 is April 24.

** Deadline extension: The final day to apply for Session 2 is June 1.

Please be sure to review the Application Requirements for International Students.

Do I need visa sponsorship from Columbia University?

Unless one of the four situations below applies to you, you need to complete a new I-20 for visa sponsorship:

  1. You are a student in F-1 or J-1 status at another U.S. institution and you will be returning there to continue your studies in the fall.
  2. You are completing an academic program at another U.S. institution in F-1 status and the summer session will end before your 60-day grace period expires.
  3. You are on F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training) and are interested in non-degree courses during the summer in your free time.
  4. You are in the U.S. in another legal immigration status that allows you to study incident to that status. This includes all non-immigrant statuses except B1/B2 or visitor status under the visa waiver program (ESTA) and F-2.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Visiting Students are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Graduate Visiting students must submit both their undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official. For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

Certificate program applicants: Students attending institutions located outside the United States and Canada must submit their post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES) (http://www.wes.org/application/apply_now.asp), a third party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation. WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course-levels) and request to have WES send your evaluation to Columbia University School of Continuing Education. The school can be found by searching Columbia University and then selecting School of Continuing Education. The evaluation provided to the School of Continuing Education becomes an official academic record and sole property of the School of Continuing Education upon its receipt.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
    $80.00 nonrefundable application fee payment in U.S. currency must accompany the application.

  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
    You must submit transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate institutions. Official documents are required upon admission.
    Read conditions and details.

    Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official. For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

  • English language requirement
    This requirement is only for non-native English speakers who are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.
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    English Language Proficiency

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from one of the tests listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will be required to send official scores directly from the test provider prior to enrollment; these scores will be verified before the admission offer is considered official. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to consider the American Language Program.

    English Language Proficiency TestMinimum Required Score
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*100+
    TOEFL PBT*600+
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)7.0+
    Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A)72+
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)Grade C or better
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)C1 Certificate or higher
    Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)Grade A (low C1)
    Cambridge Business HigherGrade C or better

    * Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.

    This requirement is only waived if:

    • You received your undergraduate degree at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.

    • You are currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English.

  • Additional Application Requirements

    Certificate Applicants

  • A résumé in U.S. business format.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)
    The statement should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program, and how the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience.

    If you are applying for a certificate program and your intentions include graduate school preparation, please indicate the graduate program(s) to which you intend to apply and discuss how the course plan you have selected, citing specific courses you plan to take, will prepare you for admission to the program(s).

    Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.

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Mailing Address and Contact Information

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Continuing Education
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Phone 212-854-9666
Email ce-info@columbia.edu
Office hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Notification of Admissions Decision

Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 5-7 business days after an application is complete.