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Study Abroad at Columbia University

Facts and Highlights about Columbia University

>> U.S. News & World Report(2017) ranked Columbia University 5th overall among national universities
>> The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2017) ranked CU the 8th among all universities worldwide.
>> The Times Higher Education World University Rankings(2017) placed CU as the 16th ranked university in the world. The survey of more than 20,000 experienced academics from 133 countries ranked institutions solely on their reputations for teaching and research.

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Columbia University was founded in 1754. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States. It is an American private Ivy League research university located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City. Columbia University has three undergraduate schools, 13 graduate and professional schools and one of continuing education.

Columbia annually administers the Pulitzer Prize. 101 Nobel Prize laureates have been affiliated with the university as students, faculty, or staff, the second most of any institution in the world. Columbia is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities. Notable alumni and former students of the university and its predecessor, King's College, include five Founding Fathers of the United States; nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court; 43 Nobel Prize laureates;20 living billionaires; 28 Academy Award winners; and 29 heads of state, including three United States Presidents.

Features of Study Abroad Program at Columbia University

>> Opportunity to study full time for one semester or one academic year at the world's leading university;
>> Visiting students can Choose more than 3,000 courses from 100 disciplines of study offered by Columbia University;
>> Students are fully integrated in Columbia Community with access to all resources

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Program Dates and Courses

Students can choose two types of courses: English Language Program (ALP) or Columbia University credit courses. All students on the Study Abroad Program are registered as full time Visiting Students, and are administered by School of Professional Studies of Columbia University.

American Language Program
Summer Session, 2018: June 18-July 13/ July 16-August 10
Fall Semester, 2018: September 4-December 7

>> ALP was founded in 1911. It is one of the oldest English as a Second Language Programs in the United States;
>> Small class size with about 12 students in one class, which provides more opportunities for students to interact with teachers;
>> Offer carefully integrated sequence of courses to students to meet the needs of students with different level of English ability and with different backgrounds who wish to improve their command of English.

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University Credit Courses
Summer Session, 2018: July 2-August 10
Fall Semester, 2018: September 4-December 21

>> The School of Continuing Education offers opportunities for non-degree study at Columbia to qualified applicants.
>> Both undergraduate and graduate level courses from the University's arts and sciences course offerings may be taken for credit. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Journalism School and Law School don't accept visiting students.

Admission Requirements:

>> Students at undergraduate or postgraduate level who are officially registered in USIEA's Chinese partner Universities;
>> Advanced English required: minimum TOEFL 100 iBT; or IELTS 7.0; GPA above 3.0;
>> Interviewed by USIEA

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Columbia University locates in the central of New York City, on the north of the central park, besides the Hudson River. American Language Program students have chances to choose the off campus accommodation Carlton Arms, which is 7 blocks away from the campus. It takes about 15-minute walk from Carlton Arms to the campus. The others can choose private accommodations.

Suite-Style Dormitory in Carlton Arms

Private Apartment at No 117 Street

Scenery is enjoyable, food (including the homemade dishes with my roommate and American cuisine) is terrific, students are perfect, and professors are awesome. Everyday is an adventure, a brand new world is waiting for me to explore with excitement.

Yujing Yang, Nanjing Audit University, CU Fall 2014
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Xi'an International Studies University

While studying at Columbia University, I was taken to the real science. This is not the "textbook science", but science at the frontier. With the inspiration from the professor, I started trying to solve the critical problem independently and the process has been full of excitement. No doubt the spirit of independence and the capacity of foresight would be indispensable for my future life. Columbia University is definitely an amazing place to improve you at the fundamental level.
Duo Guo
Xi'an Jiaotong University

The UC San Diego ELI(Intensive Business) program brought me not only the experience studying in a world class university, but also the friendship with all my Extension teachers, international classmates and some acquaintances who own super awesome working experience to share. Studying in this program, my English, especially business English skills, got improved, which will make my job hunting easier. I am just so glad to be in part of this program.
Yun Chen
Zhejiang Gongshang University

You live the same way as others and feel comfortable in home country.Only those who have studied in a foreign country understand the opportunities and the challenges you have to confront. Never give up and you will obtain not only knowledge but also the courage to face uncertain future.
Xin Zhou
Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

I had a really wonderful time at CELOP and made a lot of friends that I still keep in touch with today. My instructors were great and taught me a lot both inside and outside classroom. I also had a conversation partner who was very helpful in improving my English. My experience at CELOP really helped me learn more about American culture and schools which has allowed me to succeed in my current position. I wish I could go back and study there again and again. You will never forget your experience here.
Qian Wang

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