Summer Sessions at Columbia University attract a diverse and motivated group of young people to New York City every year. Participating in classes at Columbia, sitting aside undergraduate students, provides more than the benefits of a superlative academic experience. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in a new academic culture while getting ahead by taking classes to fill a gap in your current curriculum, earning college credits.

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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 students Immersive programs for domestic and international high school students interested in living and studying in New York City, Barcelona, Beijing, or Jordan.
Housing No Yes
Course of Study Instructor permission is required to enroll in School of the Arts courses (Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing).
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.