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Applications open on Monday, November 18, 2019.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should be youth/community leaders and practitioners interested in linking their work to tools, research and practice in related fields that will elevate and amplify their work. Applicants must also be sponsored and supported by a local CBO/NGO, submit a project idea for review, be fluent in English and able to commit to the two-week engagement of the program.

Application Deadline

Applications will close on Monday, December 16, 2019.

Application Process

  1. Complete the application and submit two recommendation letters
  2. The program office will review your information to ensure it meets our admission criteria and contact you with the decision
  3. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive specific program information approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the program date

Visa Information

If you require a visa, you may qualify for a B1 business visa. Note: Some embassies may ask that you apply for a student visa, but because this program is non-degree, professional development and participants are visiting the US on business, you may want to request the B1 visa.

U.S. State Department guidelines for the B1 visa may be found on the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website. SPS complies with those guidelines as well as the University policy that prohibits a University representative or its designee to contact the consulate or embassy directly on behalf of a participant. However, once you have been accepted into the program, SPS will provide you with a standard letter to present to the embassy or consulate if needed. If you would like to request this letter, please contact us.

Mailing Address and Contact Information

Please contact us with questions related to registration, requirements, or suitability for the seminar.


Will Cortes, Director, Executive Education
spsexeced [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Mailing Address and Campus Location

Executive Education
School of Professional Studies
502 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4110
New York, NY 10027-6902