Founded in 1900, the Summer Sessions at Columbia University are one of the longest-running summer programs in the country, with courses taught by the world-renowned faculty of New York City's only Ivy League institution. A wide range of undergraduate-level and graduate-level courses, certificates, and programs in over 50 areas of study are available for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Our academic advisors will help you select or customize a program that meets your academic and professional goals.

Classes are held on Columbia’s beautiful campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, and as a student, you will gain access to all campus facilities, including one of the largest academic library systems in the country, computer labs, the gym and fitness center, as well as numerous nearby cafés and lounges.

“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

New York City welcomes students from around the globe to explore arts and culture, attend opera at
 the Met, see a Broadway theater production, visit world-class museums, walk through Central Park, and explore the historic neighborhoods. The city’s safe, reliable public transportation systems make all that the city has to offer convenient and accessible.

Know your student category

Before you apply, know your student category. Students currently enrolled at another institution should select either Undergraduate Visiting or Graduate Visiting. Individuals not enrolled at another institution who hold a bachelor’s degree are classified as Adults & Professionals and should select Postbaccalaureate Studies as their student category. Although international high school students may not apply as Visiting Students during the Summer, they may be eligible for Columbia’s Summer Programs for High School Students.

Your summer options

Courses

Build a program that meets your goals from hundreds of courses offered during Summer.

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Certificates

Choose from curricula designed to prepare and focus students’ study and experience.

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Business

Unique options tailored to provide business skills and broaden your experience.

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