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The award
Short Course

How long you will study
1 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
USD 1900 per module

All study options

About Academic Year Immersion at Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

Through the Academic Year Immersion program, high schoolers will prepare for the college experience through exploratory online coursework and community activities over ten weekends this fall and spring.

As a program participant, you will:

  • Learn from scholars and practitioners who are experts in their fields
  • Build a community of lifelong connections
  • Participate in world-class co-curricular activities
  • Differentiate yourself with a Columbia Certification of Participation and personalized evaluation letter

This highly selective program is open to academically exceptional high school students, grades 9-12.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardShort CourseHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study1 semester
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesUSD 1900 per module

Entry requirements

Though there are no set minimum requirements such as a particular GPA, the application materials should establish that the student has the necessary academic background and level of ability, motivation, and maturity necessary to be an active participant in the courses and co-curricular activities.

We do not accept applications submitted on the applicant's behalf by parents, guardians, or third parties; the application should be submitted directly by the student. Communications from our Office of Admissions will be sent primarily to the student.

International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply to the program. While applicants are not required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, students' English proficiency should be equivalent to 90 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.

International students should be aware that participation in the Program for High School Students does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa. Past participants have had success in obtaining Visitor (B) visas to participate in our program because the program comprises a short recreational course of study and is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate.

What students think about Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

    Leda S.; M.S. in Sports Management

    “My favorite aspect of the program has to be the small class size and integration of guest speakers – leading voices in the industry, no less – into lectures and discussions.”

    Jenna Carr; M.S. in Nonprofit Management

    “SPS has allowed for a challenging academic experience all while working my full-time job – which has granted me the ability to advance as a professional and student. I look forward to taking the lessons of leadership I’ve learned and applying them in a real-world setting.”

    Gloria Chin ’18SPS, Strategic Communication

    “One of the best parts of my education at Columbia was my capstone project. The confluence of a real-world experience while applying new learnings in real-time provided new insights with regard to data, persuasive communication, and leadership.”

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