The Office of Global Programs Exchange Students

In order to provide the richest and most immersive experience abroad as possible to students, the Office of Global Programs has established a growing network of student exchange agreement with international institutions. On an exchange, Columbia students enroll directly into a foreign institution and are integrated fully into the academic and extracurricular life of the university. In exchange, students from exchange institutions are welcomed to the Columbia Community for 1 to 2 semesters. Currently, exchanges are in place to send and receive students from:

  • Bocconi University, Milan
  • Bogazici University, Istanbul
  • Hong Kong University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • University College London
  • Imperial College London
  • Ecole Centrale de Paris
  • Sciences Po, Paris
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • York University

The Global Program Exchange program accepts students in both Columbia College and Columbia Engineering for both fall and spring semesters. Students may enroll for a maximum of two semesters. Exchange Students are not permitted to apply for transfer admission.

Course Registration

Exchange Students must maintain full-time student status by registering for a minimum of 12 points per semester and cannot exceed 22 points per semester. Exchange Students are eligible to enroll in most courses within Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and Barnard College. The Office of Global Programs works closely with CC and CE Academic departments to facilitate course registration.  However, the following courses in the Columbia College Core Curriculum may NOT be taken by Exchange Students:

  • African Civilization AFCV C 1020: African Civilization (Global Core)
  • Contemporary Civilization HUMA C1101 and C1102: Introduction to contemporary civilization
  • Humanities C1001-C1002: Masterpieces of European Literature and Philosophy (Literature Humanities) 
  • Humanities C1121: Masterpieces of Western Art (Art Humanities) 
  • Humanities C1123: Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities) 
  • Logic and Rhetoric ENGL C1007: University Writing
  • Science SCNC C1000 and C1100: Frontiers of Science

Housing and Program Costs

As per conditions of the articulation agreements, Exchange Students are guaranteed housing. While room, board and fees are paid to Columbia, tuition fees are paid to their home institution.

Campus Resources

Exchange Students may take advantage of most of the programs and activities available to Columbia College students. The Office of Global Programs assists with course selection and connects them with campus resources. In addition, they may take advantage of advising through the Center for Career Education (such as career fairs, workshops and panels and networking nights) with the exceptions of on-campus recruiting, the national and international internship programs and individual counseling. Exchange students can participate in any extra-curricular organization with the exception of our Division I athletic teams.

Center for Student Advising


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2920 Broadway
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Call: (212) 854-6378

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