Visiting Student Course Selection
As a Visiting Student, you are eligible to enroll in most courses within the Division of Columbia College, SEAS (engineering school), and Barnard College, as long as those courses are “open to” Columbia College Students. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of any class. We therefore strongly advise you to prepare a list of several classes across a number of disciplines that may be of interest to you.
Keep in mind, the following Columbia College Core Curriculum courses may NOT be taken by visiting students…
Taking Courses in other Divisions of the University
In addition to the undergraduate divisions, there are 16 graduate/professional divisions within (or affiliated with) Columbia University (full list here). Columbia College Visiting Students may have the opportunity to enroll in some of these courses. In most cases, students must submit an add/drop form along with the appropriate approvals/signatures on or after the first day of classes. Interested students should contact their Advising Dean for specific enrollment procedures.
Following is a list of schools and programs that allow undergraduates to register for courses, with their policies regarding the enrollment of Columbia College/Visiting Students.
Courses may be taken by qualified undergraduates with the permission of the director of undergraduate studies in the department in which the course is taught.
Lectures may be taken on a space-available basis by qualified undergraduates. Undergraduates are not allowed to enroll in any seminars or studio courses. For list of courses, click here.
Graduate courses may be taken on a space-available basis by qualified undergraduates.
While courses are not guaranteed, Visiting students may apply to take a limited number of courses at the Columbia Business School. Please find instructions for cross-registration HERE.
Open Enrollment Courses are open to all Columbia students unless the class is full. Students interested in registering for a SIPA Open Enrollment Course may receive permission to enroll by completing a Registration and Drop/Add form and submitting it to the SIPA Registration site on the 6th floor of the International Affairs Building. If the class is not full, approval will be granted. For more detailed instruction, click here.
Cross registration in the School of Journalism is primarily available to graduate students (with top priority given to IMC SIPA students). However some courses may be open undergraduate students on a space-available basis. For more information about the cross registration policies and procedures, click here.
Columbia undergraduate students interested in taking public health courses must petition the Dean of Students. The petition should include the following:a) A written request detailing their interest in a public health course, and why they should be approved;b) an official transcript for review;c) and written permission of the instructor.d) The student must then complete the steps outlined for non-mailman students found here.Materials should be submitted to Dean of Students, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 W. 168th Street, suite 1014. Please call 212-342-3128 with any questions. The student will be contacted with the decision by the dean of students office.
Courses may be taken on a space-available basis. For list of courses, click here.
Courses in the following schools are generally not available to Columbia College Visiting Students