Frequently Asked Questions

Does Columbia grant academic credit for international exams such as the British Advanced Examinations or other internationally standardized examinations?

Yes. Some placement, advanced standing or credit may be granted for nationally or internationally standardized examinations, including but not limited to International Baccalaureate and British Advanced Level and Pre-U Examinations. Credit is determined and approved by a student’s academic adviser from the Berick Center for Student Advising after a student is enrolled at Columbia. 

More information on international student admission can be found here. Specific questions about advanced standing should be directed to a student’s academic adviser once a student has matriculated.

Does Columbia grant placement, advanced standing or credit for standardized examinations?

Yes. Some placement, advanced standing or credit may be granted for nationally or internationally standardized examinations, including but not limited to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and British Advanced Level and Pre-U Examinations. Credit is determined and approved by a student’s academic adviser from the Berick Center for Student Advising after a student is enrolled at Columbia. 

First-year students are not granted credit for courses taken at other colleges before their graduation from secondary school.

Specific questions about advanced standing should be directed to a student’s academic adviser once a student has matriculated.

Will college courses I took while in high school count toward the transfer credits you will accept?

First-year students are not granted credit for courses taken at other colleges before their graduation from secondary school (i.e. dual enrollment courses or summer courses). However, some placement, advanced standing or credit may be granted for nationally or internationally standardized examinations (including but not limited to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and British Advanced Level and Pre-U Examinations). Credit is determined and approved by a student’s academic adviser from the Berick Center for Student Advising after a student is enrolled at Columbia. 

Specific questions about advanced standing should be directed to a student’s academic adviser once a student has matriculated.