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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Visa Information for International Students

If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you must be a full-time student at Columbia – registered for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses a term – in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa. For summer study, you must register for a minimum of 6 points for a 6-week session or 12 points for the entire 12-week session. Students taking non-credit courses are not eligible for F-1 status.

Once in the United States in F-1 status, international; students must register for a minimum of 12 points of credit-bearing courses at the beginning of each semester. If a student neglects to do this or subsequently falls below the 12-point minimum or 6 points for a single 6-week summer session, the student will be reported in violation of F-1 regulations to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Visitors to the United States in B-1, B-2, WT or WB visa status are not allowed to enroll in classes at Columbia's School of Professional Studies.

International students who require a student (F-1) visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee.

For questions about individual cases please contact:

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
isso [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu