Summer study abroad can be a wonderful complement to and preparation for a semester abroad.
If you wish to study abroad in the summer and receive credit, there are two possible paths you can follow: You can study on a Columbia Program in which you will receive both grades and credits, or a non-Columbia approved summer program.
For information about approved programs for the summer that are not run by Columbia, please see the menu in the left side bar. You can browse programs regionally. Considerations to remember:
For language courses:
CC/GS: Credits at the elementary and intermediate levels are awarded after the students take a placement exam to determine his/her progress in the language. Advanced foreign language courses are accepted for academic credit upon review by the appropriate language department.
SEAS: Students must receive approval from their CSA advisor (forms available within online application).
For major/concentration courses in a foreign language: The course must receive departmental approval to satisfy major or concentration requirements prior to studying abroad.
For technical courses (SEAS): The course will need to be approved by the equivalent course instructor at Columbia and the relevant departmental advisor (forms available within online application).
Courses in English: Limited exceptions can be made for awarding credits for summer courses taught in English.
CC/GS: Credit can be granted provided that the course offers a unique experience in situ (such as an archaeological excavation). The program MUST be approved by the OGP. Departmental approval is required and the course must satisfy major or concentration requirements.
SEAS: The course will need to be approved by the equivalent course instructor at Columbia and the relevant departmental advisor (forms available within online application).
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