Newly-admitted, international Postbac Premed students must complete additional steps prior to matriculating, which include completing the Certificate of Eligibility, and in some cases sitting for the American Language Program Essay Exam.
Applying for a Visa
- a copy of the identification page of your passport
- a copy of your letter of admission from the School of General Studies
- a letter from you describing how you will finance your course of study
- financial documentation that covers all expenses for one year and describes reasonable means of support for future years
American Language Program (ALP) Essay Exam
Before registering for classes all admitted students whose native or predominant language is not English are required to take the ALP Essay Exam, offered by the Columbia University American Language Program (ALP), even if they have taken the TOEFL, the Duolingo English Test, SAT, ACT or Online GS Admissions Exam prior to admission. The results of this placement examination will be used by the student’s academic advisor to determine the appropriate academic plan for the first semester. Students will be required to take additional English language courses if their scores on the placement examination are below level 10.
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Arriving at Columbia
What should I do before arriving?
Before arriving, students should review the Getting Started section of the International Student and Scholars Office website (ISSO). It provides information regarding entry to the U.S. and initial weeks at Columbia. Questions regarding student status and visas should be directed to the ISSO.
I arrive several days before the semester commences. Where can I stay?
If you are interested in obtaining University Housing, you are advised to complete the online housing application as soon as possible (login information is included in your acceptance packet). Please ensure that your selected housing date corresponds to your anticipated arrival date. Students arriving before the specified arrival dates will be required to find temporary accommodation in the area.