Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in a semester-long or yearlong study-abroad program, students must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be making good progress toward finishing the first and second year requirements
  • Although knowledge of the language of the study abroad country is not a requirement, students are encouraged to have some foreign language skills in order to enhance their cultural competency and their overall study abroad experience. NOTE: For programs in countries where the language of instruction is not English, students must take all course work in the local language and will have to show proficiency in that language prior to departure.

Students’ study-abroad plans must be approved by the Office of Global Programs by October 15 for spring programs and March 15 for summer, fall and academic-year programs. A review of each student’s academic and disciplinary records is conducted as part of this process. Students on academic or disciplinary probation are not permitted to study abroad during the term of their probation. Students must then register for their study abroad with the Office of Global Programs by November 15 for spring programs and March 15 for summer, fall, and academic year programs.

Study-abroad students remain enrolled at Columbia, and tuition is paid to Columbia. Students participating in Columbia-approved programs pay housing costs directly to their host or sponsoring institution. Students receiving financial aid at Columbia will remain eligible for financial aid when they study abroad with Columbia’s approval. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid while studying abroad should consult the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing, 618 Lerner.