Getting Started section of the Global Programs website and drop in during office hours
to discuss your plans. Then, consult with your school study abroad dean as well as your major department.
Q: When should I go
usually go abroad in their junior year.Exceptions must be approved through
petition to Committee on Academic Standing (CAS).
Q: What are the deadlines
There are a
few deadlines you must adhere to: the program's and Columbia's. Most programs
will have an application deadline in September or October for Spring programs and March for
Summer, Fall, or Year. It is best to apply early in the term before you plan to
study abroad as programs usually have rolling admissions.
students must be cleared to study abroad by March 15 for the fall and October 1for the spring. You must register at Columbia to study abroad (regardless of
acceptance) by November 15th for the Spring and April 1st for the Fall,
or Year and May 1st for the summer.
Q: How do I know which
program to select?
register only for a program approved by the Faculty Committee on Study Abroad,
and there are a number of resources to help you decide which program is right
Review the approved
program list for the country and/or language you wish to study in;
Review the online student evaluations & contact peer mentors who
have been to a program you are considering;
Attend information sessions on study abroad;
Come to Global Programs
Discuss your plans with your school advisor
Q: How will my credits
you have taken appropriate courses and received a C- or better in them, you will
receive general credit for your courses once your transcript has been reviewed. All credits, except for those from Columbia Programs, are
considered transfer credits and will not be calculated into your GPA.
credit is considered by the DUS of your academic department upon your return and
after the DUS has reviewed your coursework.
Q: Will my financial aid
stay the same?
You must discuss your expenses
with the Financial Aid advisor to work out your individual package.
Q: Are there any
scholarships to help pay for study abroad?
you should consider applying for scholarships given by your particular program
as well as for the available national scholarships.For more information on scholarships.
Q: What happens to my
If you are
guaranteed housing before you go abroad, you will be guaranteed housing when you
return.You will be able to register for housing while you are abroad or have a
friend act as a proxy for you.
Q: What academic
requirements must I fulfill while abroad?
take the equivalent of a full load in the host country – this translates into 15
or 16 Columbia points.To register for more or fewer points, you must receive
permission from the OGP.
appropriate, you must take all or the majority of your courses at the local
If you are
attending a program where the instruction is in English but the local language
is not English, you must study the language of the country while abroad (e.g.
Q: What kind of health
insurance do I need?
NOT travel without health insurance.You may use Columbia's health plan or your
family's provided that you will be sufficiently covered while abroad. Please
review the health and safety link on the study abroad Web site
Q: Do I need a visa?
Increasingly, countries are
requiring visas for students studying abroad. Your program will inform you about
the country's requirements.You MUST have a valid passport that will not expire
while you are abroad.International students should contact ISSO to make sure
that they have the appropriate documents to return to the United States.
Q: What happens if there
is a travel advisory issued for the country where I want to study?
If the US
State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Warning for a particular country,
Columbia may restrict approval for programs in that country while the advisory
is in effect. Currently, there are advisories for Nepal, Kenya and
Q: I'm pre-med. Can I study abroad?
Yes. But you do need to plan in advance. See Premeds Abroad for tips, program suggestions and planning notes.
Q: Can I take classes in English if I study in country where the local
language is not English?
If you are studying in a country where you have at least an Intermediate
language level, you are expected to take all coursework in the local language.
Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Q: Can I do an Internship for credit?
Columbia students may undertake an academic internship for credit with the
approval of your school and the OGP. The Internship must be a part of an
academic class and have a substantive paper associated with it.
Q: Can I take fewer than 15 points while I am abroad?
You must take a full-course load while you are abroad according to both
Columbia and your host institution.
Q: Can I take 'professional' classes while I am abroad? For example, Law
or Business classes?
No. You may only take Liberal Arts or Engineering Classes courses for
Q: Can I arrange for alternate end-of-term assessment/exams if I want to
You need to complete the academic program of your host institution and may
not arrange alternate exams or papers to replace the scheduled exams.
Q: Can I take classes Pass/Fail while I am abroad?
No. You need to take all classes for a grade while abroad.
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