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Study Abroad

Academic Credit

After the study-abroad period, Columbia College assesses the work you have done while abroad and awards credits on your transcript. Students in Columbia-sponsored programs receive direct Columbia credit and the courses and grades appear on your academic transcript. These include: Reid Hall, Paris; the Berlin Consortium for German Studies; the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies; and the Tsinghua University program in Beijing.

Credit from approved programs is certified as transfer credit toward the degree when you return to the College and send in your transcripts and other supporting materials. Course titles and grades for these programs do not appear on your transcript and the grades are not factored into your GPA. However, your work abroad is considered part of your overall academic record at Columbia.

The following guidelines apply:

  • No credit is granted for courses in business, education, journalism, or other subjects that at Columbia are taught only in professional schools.
  • Credit is not given for courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis. The minimum grade necessary for transfer of credit is C-.
  • The last two semesters required for the degree must be taken while enrolled in the College for study on this campus or in one of Columbia’s programs abroad. Any exceptions require special permission from the Committee on Academic Standing.
  • For students on approved programs, please have your program send your transcript to:

          Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement
          Columbia University
          606 Kent Hall 
          Mail Code 3948
          Columbia University 
          1140 Amsterdam Ave
          New York, NY 10027 USA


Dean Scott Carpenter will contact you when your credits have been processed.