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10 Ways to Maximize Your Summer at Columbia

In less than a month, registration will open for Columbia University students to take Summer courses, offered in two sessions this year: Session A, May 3–June 18, and Session B, June 28–August 16. Here are ten ways to get the most out of your summer this year.

  1. Learn directly from senior Arts and Sciences faculty members
  2. Fulfill degree requirements such as core or Foundations courses or shorten the time it takes to complete your degree (the 2021 Summer Session Course Guidelines for Columbia College and General Studies will be posted soon)
  3. Participate in timely and dynamic conversations with some of the University’s most accomplished and celebrated faculty through the Summer Ideas Exchange
  4. Take unique courses that you couldn’t fit into your schedule or weren’t available in the Fall or Spring
  5. Demonstrate a well-rounded and versatile course of study
  6. Gain additional laboratory experience
  7. Get a jump on your studies as a newly-admitted student
  8. Gain exposure to a new passion project or academic area outside of your area of concentration
  9. Learn a new language
  10. . Develop transferrable business skills such as finance, marketing, and people management
More than 100 Courses in 50 Subjects

New courses for the summer are regularly being added to the Directory of Classes. Browse Summer 2021 courses in your department or subject of choice and/or select Summer 2021 in the Course Listings by Department section. Confirmed courses include:

  • Culture, Memory, and Crisis in Modern U.S. History with Associate Professor of History Hilary-Anne Hallett
  • Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Testing with Professor of Physics Emlyn Hughes
  • Music and Myth with Professor of Music and Historical Musicology Giuseppe Gerbino    
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Early Modern Europe with Elisheva Carlebach, Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society

Most courses are expected to be posted in February. Take a look at the courses from last summer. Subject areas include:

  • African-American Studies
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry and Biology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Film
  • Mathematics
  • Human Rights and International Affairs
  • Slavic Languages and Literature
  • Spanish
  • Sustainable Development
When to Register

Starting on March 8th, registration appointment times will be available on Student Services Online for Columbia University undergraduates, including students enrolled in General Studies, Columbia College, Barnard, and Engineering. For information on registration procedures, including late registration and maximum point loads, please consult with your program advisor.

Teachers College students should visit the Teachers College Office of the Registrar website.

Students who’ve been admitted to a Columbia University program in the Fall who would like to begin their studies early must contact their academic advising office for approval and registration procedures.

Course Formats

As of February 3, 2021, Columbia University is committed to offering all summer courses online. Additional course formats such as HyFlex will be announced as soon as final decisions have been made. You can find information on an individual course section’s modality listed on the Directory of Classes under “Method of Instruction.”


Visit Columbia Summer’s FAQ for Columbia University students. Consult with your advisor for approvals and to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements for a course(s). Plans for Summer 2021 Housing will be determined as the University operating plan is confirmed; check Housing for Current Columbia Students for updates. Consult the Directory of Classes and/or Vergil to preview available courses in the Summer 2021 term.