Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application deadlines?

Session A, International Applicants: March 21, 2022
Session A & X, Final Deadline: April 11, 2022
Session B, International Applicants: May 2, 2022
Session B, Final Deadline: May 23, 2022


Please note: The preferred deadline for the Advanced Painting Intensive is April 1, 2022.

What will it cost?

The School of Professional Studies administers summer courses. Visit the School of Professional Studies website, select the option that best describes you, and find the appropriate admissions information.

How do I apply?

Applications for Summer Arts will open March 1, 2022. The application is fast and easy; no transcript is required and applicants do not need arts experience nor a BA, with the exception of the Advanced Painting Intensive.


Advanced Painting Intensive
Applications for the Advanced Painting Intensive require the submission of a portfolio and Statement of Intent. When applying, students should select "yes" to the "Advanced Painting Intensive" option when choosing courses. This will populate additional instructions for materials as well as provide fields for students to upload their portfolios and essays.

Is there financial aid available for summer courses?

University financial aid is not available for non-degree summer courses. However, graduate or professional students pursuing postbaccalaureate training at Columbia can apply for private loans to offset the costs of tuition and housing. For more information, please visit Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services - Private Loans


Is summer housing available?

For general summer courses, please see the Admissions, Registration & Housing page.


For the Painting, Photography and Television Writing Intensives, limited housing will be available on a first come, first served basis. 


Will my course count toward degree credits at my home institution?

Students who wish to transfer a record of courses and grades to another institution must order an official transcript. Determination of the amount of credit to be given, if any, rests solely with the student's home institution (please note that most universities around the world recognize Columbia University credit-bearing courses). Applications for transfer of record should not be submitted before the session is completed.


Do summer arts courses have prerequisites?

Pre-requisites are required for some courses. All pre-requisites are listed in the individual course descriptions, found on the Summer 2022 Courses page.

Are there special application procedures for international students?

International students must register for either six points in six weeks, or twelve points in twelve weeks in order to secure the F1 student visa. Please be aware of additional application and visa requirements, registration obligations, and earlier deadlines.