Columbia and New York City

Study at a world-class university and experience America’s most global city.

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“You are in the middle of New York City, but when you are on campus, it feels like another place. It feels like home instantly.”

Catarina Guimarães de Mello
Columbia student from Brazil



Founded in 1754, Columbia University ranks among the top 10 universities and is a member of the Ivy League, eight of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. A leading research university with over 8,000 international students from 151 countries, it has the fifth largest population of international students among U.S. universities. Columbia has over 3,700 faculty who lead cutting-edge research in their fields. More Nobel Prize winners have graduated from or taught at Columbia than any other Ivy League university. The modern fields of anthropology and genetics were founded here, while fields such as law, business, journalism, have a long, respected history at Columbia. Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt studied here, Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the University’s president, and Barack Obama was the first Columbia graduate elected U.S. president.

Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus is the main campus for all activity—academic, student life, and
 athletic. This beautiful setting is home to state-of-the-art scientific research facilities on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Creating a vibrant intellectual community, the graduate Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering, Graduate Arts, International and Public Affairs, Law, and Sciences, Professional Studies are all based here, as is Columbia College, Teachers College, and the undergraduate schools Barnard, Columbia College, General Studies, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Columbia offers the unique experience of a energetic college campus in the middle of New York City. With endless opportunities for academic, professional, and cultural enrichment, New York City offers Broadway shows, operas at the Met, world-famous museums, professional sports events, and beautiful parks. The Columbia University subway station at 116th Street links you to every corner and neighborhood of New York City. Columbia consistently scores high marks in campus safety and has been named one of the safest urban schools in the U.S.

Your Resources at Columbia

As visiting international students, you are part of the Columbia community and may take advantage of the many available resources.

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Office of Student Affairs

This office is your primary source for academic questions, including those about the School’s policies, procedures, and requirements.
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Student Organizations

Among the hundreds of clubs and student organizations at Columbia, you will find opportunities to pursue your interests in academics, sports, arts, business, culture, politics, environment, and other areas.
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International Students and Scholars Office

This office administers immigration services (including the procurement of F-1 visas) for Columbia’s international population, and offers orientation sessions, informational programs, and workshops.
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Fitness Center

Most students, excluding those in the American Language Program (ALP), have basic membership to Columbia’s Dodge Physical Fitness Center included in their tuition charges.

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Writing Center

The Columbia College Writing Center provides writing support in one-on-one consultations and workshops to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.
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Free and Discounted Tickets

With your Columbia ID, you can visit many New York City museums for free and purchase discounted tickets for Broadway shows, operas, and movies.

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Spanning 22 libraries and an extensive collection of digital resources, Columbia has one of the top-10 academic library systems in the country
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Most of these resources are only available to active students with a Columbia University ID.

The School of Professional Studies

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The School of Professional Studies is part of Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished graduate schools. Our faculty are based across multiple schools, colleges, and affiliates at Columbia, allowing you to explore cross-disciplinary study at a world-class institution. The School has the highest international student enrollment growth at Columbia, as of Fall 2013.

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  • We offer courses in more than 100 subject areas, 15 master’s degrees, and 18 certificate or certification programs, including many online options.
  • We administer the American Language Program (ALP), one of the oldest and most-respected English as a second language programs in the U.S.
  • We run the Summer Sessions at Columbia. Founded in 1900, the Summer Sessions are one of the longest-running summer programs in the U.S. A wide range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses, certificates and certifications of professional achievement, and courses in more than 50 areas of study are available.
  • We provide Summer Programs for High School Students for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college broaden their worldview while exploring New York City, Barcelona, or Jordan, and Beijing. We also offer a portfolio of business programs for undergraduates and recent graduates.