Visiting Student Program

The Columbia College Visiting Student Program and the Visiting Student Program at Columbia Engineering are opportunities for students to broaden their college experience and supplement the undergraduate programs at their home institutions by studying at Columbia for up to two semesters. Please note Columbia's School of Professional Studies also offers a Visiting Student Program.

Please note that students interested in the Visiting Student Program at Columbia Engineering who attend a college or university outside of the United States have a separate application process.

The Visiting Student application for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 is now live: 

Visiting Student Application

Learn more information, including application requirements, for each program:

Columbia College Visiting Student Program

Columbia Engineering Visiting Student Program 


Admissions Dates and Deadlines


The Visiting Student Program offers rolling admission. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The earlier students apply, the sooner they will receive their decision, which will be 4-6 weeks after complete application submission. 

We encourage applicants to submit their complete applications at their earliest opportunity and before the final deadline. With rolling admission, applicants can find out their admission decision as early as 4 weeks after submission. 

Applications for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 are now available. 

For Entry in Spring 2022, the final application deadline is November 15, 2021. 

For Entry in Fall 2022, the final application deadline is June 15, 2022. 

Accuracy and Authenticity

Note that all materials, unless otherwise stated, must be official and sent directly to the University or the University’s designated application platform from an official source (e.g., high school), not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its partner agencies IIE, LASPAU, EducationUSA and AMIDEAST; submissions by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF); submissions by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); and submissions by non-profit, community-based organizations when schools are unable to provide this information on behalf of the student. In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.  

All applicants to Columbia University must confirm on their application that they understand and agree to adhere to the above expectations.


Questions regarding the Columbia College Visiting Student Program and the Visiting Student Program at Columbia Engineering may be sent to