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The hybrid modality allows students to study online for four semesters, including three weeks of on-campus intensive study during the spring or summer, dependent on start date.

International students should note that they are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. It is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, an international student must enroll full-time (12 points/credits per term) and study on campus.

These program sequences illustrate sample pathways to program completion; with the approval of the program’s Program Director, you may have some flexibility as to when you take your electives courses.

Hybrid with Intensive Study (Spring Start)

Spring 1

Summer (On-Campus Intensive)


Spring 2

Total Points (Credits) Required: 40

Electives can be taken during earlier semesters and students can also choose to stay one additional semester to complete the elective requirements. Please discuss these options with your Advisor.

Because of visa regulations, international students cannot take online classes at any point (credit) while in the United States for their on-campus summer intensive. Students must turn in all online work from the spring semester before traveling to the United States, and must not start any Summer Session 2 online work until they have returned to their home country.

Elective Courses

Not all elective courses are offered every term. Consult the Columbia University Directory of Classes for availability. Students are allowed to take one elective outside of the NECR program, with approval.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.