Approved Provider Programs

How to Apply

Step 1 – Research your options

Review Columbia’s Study Abroad website to find the programs and destinations you’re interested in pursuing.

Step 2 – Meet with Global Education

You’re encouraged to reach out to Global Education at with questions via email. You can also email us to schedule a meeting to learn about the various program options available, discuss the policies and procedures of exchange and approved provider programs, and talk about the destinations that most interest you.

Step 3 – Meet with your advisor

Part of your study abroad decision-making process is thinking about the types of classes you’d like to take while abroad. Regardless of when or where you choose to study abroad, it’s necessary to meet with your advisor as early as you can to make sure you have the credits to fit the experience into your graduation plan.

Step 4 – Apply

You’ll need to clear up all financial, registration, or academic holds to study abroad. Additionally, students must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA to apply and participate in their program of choice.



If You’re Accepted by Columbia

Step 5 – Confirm acceptance

You must confirm your offer to study abroad to move into the next phase of the process.

Step 6 – Apply to approved provider

Once you’re accepted by Columbia to study abroad through an approved provider and confirmed your intent to study abroad, you must apply directly to the approved provider. Please note: Approved providers have their own deadlines, which may be earlier or later than Columbia's. It is your responsibility to apply by our respective deadlines.

Step 7 – Registration

The Office of the Registrar will put a schedule placeholder for the term you plan to study abroad. The placeholder will estimate the number of credits you plan to take abroad and will be factored into your financial aid package, if applicable. The placeholder will eventually be replaced by your official course.

Step 8 – Tuition & billing

Columbia Central will conduct an initial review of your financial aid eligibility for the term you plan to study abroad. You will pay all study abroad program fees directly to the approved provider program. Any scholarships you have from Columbia will not be eligible for use towards an approved provider program.


After Your Approved Provider Experience

Step 9 – Transcripts & grades

Upon conclusion of your program, students and Global Education will coordinate to make sure final and official transcripts from the approved provider are received. Once received, courses will be updated, and grades will be entered into your academic record. It is the students responsibility to ensure all course substitutions (if applicable) are entered by the relevant academic department.