Columbia University offers two categories of offerings for exceptional high school students: noncredit immersive summer programs for highly motivated students interested in living and studying in New York City, Barcelona, or Jordan; and the High School Visiting Students program, which lets rising juniors and rising seniors select courses during the Spring, Summer, or Fall from most academic departments in the Arts and Sciences as well as film, theater, visual arts, and writing courses from the School of the Arts, and math and computer science courses from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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  High School Visiting Students Summer Programs for
High School Students
Eligible Students Domestic students only who are rising high school juniors or rising high school seniors* Domestic and international students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college
Program Experience An opportunity for a small number of high school students to take courses on Columbia’s campus aside undergraduate and graduate students Immersive programs for domestic and international high school students interested in living and studying in New York City, Barcelona or Jordan.
Housing No Yes
Course of Study Students normally enroll in lower-level (1000–2999) courses. Special permission from the Director of Summer Sessions and Visiting Student Programs is required to register for upper-level courses Course options vary by program. All courses are specific to each program experience, taking advantage of their unique geographic and cultural opportunities.
For Credit Yes No
Prerequisites Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisites have been met where required See individual curricular options for prerequisites
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* High School Visiting Students must be actively enrolled in their secondary school throughout their studies at Columbia. Recent high school graduates who have been admitted to a four-year undergraduate program but have not yet begun their undergraduate studies should apply as an Undergraduate Visiting Student. Recent high school graduates who are not committed to undergraduate study are not eligible to enroll in the School of Professional Studies in any applicant category.