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Course Features

Participants Will Learn

  • The U.S. job-search process
  • Professional oral communication skills
  • Communicating complex ideas to non-experts
  • Professional correspondence writing skills
  • Interviewing types, techniques, and strategies
  • Face-to-face and virtual networking strategies
  • Industry-specific business jargon
  • Professional conduct & email etiquette
  • U.S. industry initiatives

Course Registration Deadline

The course registration deadline is May 20, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

This course is designed specifically for Columbia University international graduate students whose first language is not English. The course is not open to those students required to take the ALP's summer Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students course. 

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to participate in this course, please contact the Office of Admissions at sps-cca [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu before completing the registration form and submitting your payment. The course registration fee is non-refundable.

Time Commitment

This four-week online course will be offered from June 20–July 15, 2022. The course combines live classes and asynchronous content. Live classes take place Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET. Asynchronous content will require an additional 1-2 hours every day. 

Columbia Excellence, Online

  • Expert, experienced faculty, supported by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, a leader in online education
  • Individual attention and one-on-one support
  • Feedback and error correction on spoken and written English
  • A supportive and collaborative learning environment
  • Small class sizes (maximum 15)
  • A virtual community
    Course Resources
    Category Deliverables Include
    Certification & Badge
    • Certification of Completion
    • Columbia University SPS LinkedIn Badge
    Professional Portfolio
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Email outreach templates
    • Linkedin profile
    • Professional pitch
    Career Assets
    • Columbia Student Business Card
    • Columbia Padfolio for Job Interviews
    • Professional Headshot
    Learning Resources
    • Industry-specific jargon and business idioms 
    • Samples of resume, cover letters, and business emails
    Career Tools
    Columbia Community

    Hear what participants in CCA have to say about the course and its impact

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Connect with Us

    Contact the American Language Program at Columbia University to learn more.

    David Taylor-Tumilty, Senior Admissions Counselor


    Schedule an Appointment

    If you would like to discuss your interest in greater detail, you can schedule a Zoom or phone appointment with David Taylor-Tumilty, Senior Admissions Counselor.  

    Appointment Hours:

    10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. ET, MondayFriday

    Schedule an Appointment

    Reserve Your Spot

    This course is open to Columbia University graduate students whose first language is not English and who are not required to take the ALP's summer Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students course.

    Reserve Your Spot