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During the Fall (September–December) and Spring (January–May) terms, visiting students may choose from more than 3,000 academic courses in more than 100 subject areas. One semester runs about 14 weeks. Students on an F-1 visa are required to take at least 12 credits (about 4 courses). 

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Sample Fall/Spring Course Schedule
Time Monday/Wednesday Tuesday/Thursday Friday
10:10–11:25 a.m.


1:10–2:25 p.m.


Team Project Meeting

3:10–4:25 p.m.

Computer Science

American Studies

Summer Courses

There are two summer sessions between May and August; each session runs for 6 weeks. Students may attend one or both sessions. During the summer, Columbia offers more than 250 courses in more than 50 subject areas. Students on an F-1 visa are required to take 6 credits (about 2 courses) per 6-week session. 

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Sample Summer Course Schedule
Time Monday/Wednesday Tuesday/Thursday Friday
10:45 a.m.–12:50 p.m.



1:10–4:10 p.m.

History of the City of New York

Credit Transfer

Visiting students should consult their home institution regarding the transfer of credits.

Undergraduate courses are typically not credited toward a graduate degree either at Columbia or elsewhere. Graduate courses may result in advanced standing upon entering graduate school, though the degree-granting school is the sole authority for determining applicability of Columbia credit toward a degree.

Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may confer up to 15 credits toward the M.A. or Ph.D. for work completed as a Postbaccalaureate Studies student. Courses must be completed with a grade of B or better and must be approved by the department.

Columbia’s School of General Studies will accept up to 15 credits from the School of Professional Studies toward the B.A. or B.S. degree.