Visiting Students

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.

Eligibility & Alternatives

If you’re interested in the Visiting Student Program at Columbia Engineering, but happen to attend a college or university outside of the United States, please apply via this separate application process

Columbia's School of Professional Studies also offers a Visiting Student Program—review a comparison chart to see which one is best for you!

Dates & 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 2024 and Fall 2024 are now available. For entry in Spring 2024, the deadline is Wednesday, November 15, 2023. For entry in Fall 2024, the priority deadline is Monday, April 1, 2024, and the final application deadline is Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Additional Information

Cost & Financial Aid

Please see the respective bulletins for the estimated cost (tuition and fees) for attending Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Please note that there is no financial aid available from Columbia for Visiting Students; however, financial aid from your home institution may be transferable to Columbia, and you should consult with your home institution’s financial aid office.

Accuracy & Authenticity

All applicants should review our Accuracy & Authenticity statement prior to submitting their application, as all applicants to Columbia University must confirm on their application that they understand and agree to adhere to the above expectations.


For questions about undergraduate admission and the application process, please visit our online FAQs. If you still can't find your answer, please contact us or email us at