A World-Class Education in the Heart of Chicago
Apply as an International Student if you do not have U.S. citizenship, you are not a resident/green card holder, and if you will require a visa to study in the United States.
Each graduate program has a specific application requirement. Please review the requirements for your program of interest before you start your application.
Students who require an F-1 visa or who have international transcripts are encouraged to submit your application no later than two months before the start of the fall semester in early September. This date is suggested to ensure you have enough time for student visa processing and/or your international transcript evaluation. You may refer to this website to review the current visa appointment wait times for your country.
Submit Required Items
In addition to your online application, you'll have to submit additional documents as an international student at Columbia.
Visa and Immigration Information
As an international student, you will need an F-1 student visa to enter the United States to study. You are required to apply for the visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate using an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form issued by Columbia College Chicago.
In order for Columbia to issue your I-20, you must be admitted to the college and you must fill out the I-20 request form on your status page.
Living in Chicago
Columbia's campus is located in the South Loop neighborhood, close to all Chicago has to offer—including first-rate museums, concerts, galleries, more than 28 kilometers of trails along Lake Michigan, and a variety of thriving artistic communities spread across the city. Chicago’s comprehensive public transportation system provides access to Midway and O’Hare airports as well as the city’s many culturally rich neighborhoods.
After you've been admitted
Congrats on your acceptance to Columbia! We’re so excited to welcome you, and you’ll receive more information after you tell us your decision on your status page.
More information for admitted students is available here.