COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO provides a supportive learning environment for its international graduate student community and welcomes applicants who are non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents. International applicants follow the same basic application procedure as domestic students; however, they are required to submit some additional materials. Please contact the Graduate Admissions & Services Office if you have any questions regarding whether or not the following requirements are applicable to your unique situation.
|1. WHEN APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
- COURSE BY COURSE CREDENTIAL EVALUATION OF ALL EDUCATIONAL RECORDS: Official educational records (transcripts) of college/university work completed at institutions outside the United States require a credential evaluation, which converts foreign educational documents to U.S. equivalents. To arrange for credential evaluation, applicants must contact World Education Services (WES). Please Note: Columbia requires the WES Basic Course by Course report. Please contact WES directly for current costs and instructions.
- OFFICIAL TOEFL SCORE: A minimum TOEFL score of 100ibt, 250cbt, or 600pbt is required (we apologize for any inconvenience, but we do not accept IELTS scores). This requirement may be waived for an applicant who has earned their bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, or whose primary language is English. If you feel you meet these criteria, please contact us to discuss a waiver. Waivers are not granted automatically.
|2. IF ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION|
- $450 CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT: The confirmation deposit secures your spot in the incoming class and initiates a review of your file by our International Office of Student Affairs, so that they may issue you a SEVIS I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (one of the items required in order to obtain a visa). Note that your I-20 cannot be issued until all the required documents (below) have been received. Your deposit can be paid at: colum.edu/gradpayment
- OFFICIAL FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS: You must submit an official bank letter/statement dated within six months of the start of classes.
- Your financial documentation should verify that you have financial
support available to you that is equivalent to Columbia College
Chicago's published "Attendance Budget" for the year you intend
to enroll. The current Attendance Budget is posted on Columbia's Student Financial Services website.
- Your financial documents should either be in your name or the name of your sponsor, if appropriate.
- If your sponsor is providing you with free room and board, then you are exempt from having to provide documentation of the "Room and Board" portion of the Cost of Attendance.
- CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP FORM: The Certificate of Sponsorship form should be completed only if someone else is providing funding for your graduate education; the person completing the form must also have it notarized.
- AFFIDAVIT OF SPONSOR PROVIDING FREE ROOM & BOARD: The Affidavit of Sponsor Providing Free Room & Board form should be completed only if you have a sponsor providing free housing for you while you are studying here in Chicago. The form should be accompanied by a photocopy of the lease or deed of the property.
- IMMIGRATION PRE-TRANSFER VERIFICATION FORM: The Immigration Pre-Transfer Verification Form should only be completed if you are currently in the U.S. on a F-1 visa.
- READ THE INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT PACKET: This detailed guide outlines the process for securing or transferring a student visa.
|3. UPON BECOMING A CONFIRMED STUDENT|
- APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA: International students will need an F-1 or J-1 student visa to enter the United States to study. You can apply for the visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, using the SEVIS I-20 Certificate of Eligibility or DS-2019 form issued by Columbia College Chicago. Other items may be required by the embassy or consulate. Click here for a listing. Questions regarding the visa process should be directed to:
Director of International Student Affiars
- REVIEW THE PRE-ARRIVAL CHECKLIST: There are several important items to consider when making final arrangments to study in the US, including transportation, health coverage, finances, and housing. Click here to review our pre-arrival checklist.