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CSA Visiting and Exchange Student Program

Course Information and Selection  


The Basics


  • Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 points to maintain full-time status, and may register for no more than 22 points.
  • The average course load for Columbia College students is 15 points/credits (4-5 classes).

Columbia Credit System

  • Most undergraduate classes are 3 or 4 credits or points (these terms are used interchangeably)
  • Credits generally reflect time spent in and out of the classroom. (1 Credit=3 semester hours)


Selecting Courses

As a CC/SEAS Visiting/Exchange 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/SEAS 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.  

  • For a list of fall 2014 classes click HERE.
  • You will find a list all courses on the following websites:

Columbia College Bulletin

Barnard Course Bulletin

SEAS Bulletin

  • To determine what courses are offered this term and when they are offered, please consult the Directory of Classes HERE.
  • For more information about how to read the course listings, click HERE.
  • For information about taking courses in other divisions of the University click HERE


Restricted Courses

Keep in mind, the following Columbia College Core Curriculum courses may NOT be taken by visiting students… 

  • Masterpieces of European Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities):HUMA C1001/C1002

  • Intro to Contemporary Civilization in the West (Contemporary Civilization):HUMA C1101/C1102

  • Masterpieces of Western Art (Art Humanities): HUMA  C1121

  • Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities): HUMA C1123

  • University Writing: ENGL C1010

  • African Civilization: AFCV C1020

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