Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be rising undergraduate juniors or seniors
  • Business Practice is not open to current Columbia University students*

*Columbia students interested in taking business courses this summer can consider Business Edge.

Session Dates and Application Deadline

Business Practice is available during Summer Session 2 (Q), July 3 to August 11.

Application deadline: April 14, 2017**

Do I need visa sponsorship from Columbia University?

If one of the four situations below applies to you, you will not 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.
  1. Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form.See Application Requirements below.
  2. Submit your online application and fee payment.See Submitting the Application below.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online.See Notification of Admissions Decision below.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
    Create an account and log in to begin the online application. Under Student Category, choose “Undergraduate Visiting Student.”

  • $80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)
    Fee payment must accompany the online application.
    Fee waived if application is submitted before March 1.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Applicants 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. 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. 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.

  • Students whose native language isn't English must include proof of English proficiency. Jump to the English Language Proficiency requirements at the end of the page for conditions and details.

  • Statement of purpose (500-750 words)
    addressing your purpose and interest in pursuing the curricular option you have selected, and how it fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing on what you hope to accomplish while in Business Practice. 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.

  • A résumé in U.S. business format.

  • An admissions interview.
    Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule an interview once all required application materials have been received.

  • International students and non-native English speakers must fulfill additional application requirements.

    View details on international student requirements.

Submitting the Application

Unofficial documents will be used for admission consideration.
Applicants are encouraged to submit all supporting application materials through the online application system.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Applications are not considered complete until all required materials listed in the Application Requirements section above have been received.

Submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management.
Applicants who are admitted to the program must submit all official documents to the Office of Enrollment Management before the offer is considered official.

Mailing Address and Contact Information

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

Phone 212-854-9666
Email sce-business@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 2-3 weeks after an application is complete.



English Language Proficiency

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 apply directly to the American Language Program.

English Language Proficiency TestMinimum Required Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*100+
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:

  • The applicant is 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.

Program Contacts

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising


Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions


Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.