Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Be an enrolled student in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be making adequate progress toward finishing the first and second year requirements
  • Have declared a major.

Students’ study-abroad plans must be approved by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement by October 1 for spring programs and March 1 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 also register for their study abroad with the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement 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.